2009/01/28

Pitt-Nova Tonight at the Spectrum


The Pittsburgh Panthers (#3) play the Villanova Wildcats (#21) tonight at the Spectrum. This game is not only significant because it is a matchup of top 25 teams, it will also be the final college basketball game every played at the Spectrum.

In a stadium that witnessed maybe the greatest college basketball play ever, Christian Laettner’s buzzer-beater, it will all come to an end tonight. Pitt is #3 in the country, and features three elite players, who may be the best combination of three players on one team in the nation, in PG Levance Fields, SF Sam Young, and C DeJuan Blair. Blair is a double double machine, is in the top five in the nation in rebounding. Sam Young averages 19 points a game to lead the Panthers, and Fields leads the Big East in assists, and leads the nation in assist-turnover ratio. Villanova on the other hand will need to have big games from Scottie Reynolds and Dante Cunningham. For Villanova to win, they will need to hit their three-pointers, and force the Panthers into some turnovers. If they can’t do that, Pitt will win this game by double digits.

It will be exciting, and sad at the same time to watch the final college basketball game at the Spectrum. Growing up in Philadelphia, my first memories of Sixers and Flyers games were all at the Spectrum as a child. Let’s hope my Pitt Panthers pull out a win at the Spectrum tonight.

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