I want to care, but it is difficult to get really fired up about our chances of winning a tournament that would cement us in the top 130 teams of college basketball. Not the top 64 – those go to the teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. Not the next 64 – those folks went to the NIT Tournament. I guess we are talking #129 or 130, depending on whether or not we pull it out in the best of 3 series against Washington State.
Kind of hard to talk smack about this, isn’t it?
Even so, I am considering buying a couple of $20 tickets and going to game 2, hosted at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh this Wednesday. When else can I say I saw the Panthers fight it out for a championship for only $20? The way I see it, it is a golden opportunity.
This is a long way off from just a year ago, when Pitt basketball tickets were unreachable and Pitt stood at a pinnacle – going into the NCAA tournament with a #1 ranking! These are many of the same players, for pete’s sake! Also, just last year this same #1-ranked team was beaten in the NCAA tournament by … Butler! Butler is the team that Pitt just beat in this year’s CBI tourney to advance to the finals. Revenge? I’d rather not, and instead have beaten Butler last year, like we were supposed to.