It isn’t as if someone expected the Pittsburgh Panthers to miss the NCAA Tournament or anything. But sometimes an easy schedule, especially down the stretch, can be a great way to boost your team’s morale. The Panthers (21-7, 9-6 Big East) only have three Big East games remaining before their conference tournament begins, and they couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish the season than playing these three teams.
No, not all three are conference bottom feeders. Pitt still has to play a hot Villanova Wildcats team, but that can be their last “Big game” prepper before the conference tournament starts. It is their other two games though, that will have the Panthers feeling pretty good about themselves come March.
Those two games come against two Big East abominations. First, they will square off against the South Florida Bulls. South Florida, who is horrible in so many different ways, has accumulated a tremendous one conference victory this year.
Oddly enough, this program is one of the up-and-comers in the league. Next year’s freshmen are supposedly one of the best group in the country, although, I’ll believe it when I see it.
After that game, Pitt has to play the DePaul Blue Demons. DePaul, otherwise known as the worst-run program in the history of history, has a whopping two Big East wins. Which means if you combine the Bulls’ Big East victories with a random human’s, DePaul only has one more.
Did I write this to take shots at teams not directly related to the Panthers? No. However, when looking for a reason to care about Pittsburgh for the rest of the season, the only thing I could come up with was “wanting to watch them destroy some of the Big East’s worst teams, ever.”
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone