The Panthers, who have won six out of their last seven Big East Conference games, struggled to score throughout the contest, once again relied on their defense to propel them to their 7th conference win of the season.
Nevertheless, the Panthers pathetic offensive output was the worst of the season. The Panthers came into the game 12th into the nation, shooting 48.9% from the field. However, against the lowly Pirates, the Panthers could only muster 34.8% shooting (16-46).
If the Pirates had their full roster with them and if Fuquan Edwin, who had 23 points, four rebounds and five steals, did not hurt his ankle and have to come out for a few minutes, the result may have been different for the Panthers.
After witnessing the Panthers hold the Syracuse Orangemen to 55 points on Saturday, it is easy to see why the are ranked No. 23 in the AP poll that came out today. Once again though, the Panthers are a defensive squad and Syracuse’s shots were not dropping, but this will not always be the case.
Still, the Panthers do not pass the “eye-test”. Teams like Kentucky, North Carolina State and Virginia Commonwealth will all be players come March because they can score enough points and also can play defense.
Pittsburgh lacks the ability to score an adequate amount of points to be a true threat come March.
They can have the No. 23 ranking now, but with three consecutive Top-25 team on their schedule in the next week and an half, the Panthers will be on the outside looking in the next week or two.