For the first time in the 101 year basketball history of the Panthers, Pitt is ranked #1. The #1 ranking comes after the Panthers stomped Georgetown in D.C., and are one of four unbeaten teams remaining in college basketball. Pitt is 14-0 overall, and 2-0 in the Big East, both road wins.
The Panthers being highly ranked is nothing new to this team, especially recently. The Panthers have been to the tournament 7 straight seasons, making 4 sweet 16 appearances, and basically have been ranked in the top 25 for the most part all 7 seasons throughout. The Panthers always have a good Big East record, and always do well in the Big East tournament. The hurdle that this team has to get over is getting past the Sweet 16 in March Madness, and hopefully advancing even further. We have seen Pitt get high seeds many times, only to blow it come March Madness.
This Pitt team is built to make a long run in March, with a lot of toughness and experience, with guys like Levance Fields, Sam Young, and DeJuan Blair. So while the #1 ranking is well deserved, and something every Pitt player and fan should be proud of, this team will be judged come tournament time, and I think this is the team to get past the Sweet 16.