Monday, January 5, 2009

Ascending to the Throne: Pitt #1 at long last

It's taken 101 years of college hoops play to get to this point, but believe it or not: The Pitt Panthers are #1.

Obviously, this is no surprise to see after the two teams previously in front of the Panthers, North Carolina and Connecticut, both lost this week while the Panthers beat #8 Georgetown impressively.

While it remains to be seen just how good this team is and how far they advance in the NCAA Tournament (the ultimate decider in where this squad will rank among the recent teams), there's no denying there is something very, very cool about being the #1 team in the country. I could certainly get used to this feeling.

In order to defend their title as the top squad, the Panthers will have only St. John's to defeat this Sunday at the Petersen Events Center. A game that in the preseason most Pitt fans probably thought of as a surefire W suddenly got a lot more interesting when the Johnnies knocked off Notre Dame Saturday behind a double-double by Schenley's D.J. Kennedy. Add that to the Panthers now having the top spot in the country, and maybe the city of Pittsburgh should be paying attention to more than just the Steeler game this Sunday.

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