ExPatriatePen wrote:Good Good game.
Admittedly I have not seen as much college basketball as I would have liked to this year but I hope for the sake of college basketball that no one believes either of these teams are very good. Unless these teams have another gear they are not showing tonight these are average teams at best.
To be fair Gansey was obviously limited due to injury tonight but something tells me that does not change the 5 men outside the 3 point line offense West Virginia is running. They snuck up on everyone late in the year last year I really do not think that is going to happen again.
It is tough to pick on Pitt because I really think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts in their case this year. Jamie Dixon has probably coached as much out of this team as their was to get this year.
WVU's big advantage is that they're unlike pretty much any team out there, so a team that hasn't seen them before will have a hard time dealing with them. Also, because they shoot so many 3s, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team to be efficient on offense. Those advantages are somewhat negated against Pitt- the Panthers are familiar with that style, and they have a veteran PG in Krauser (even though he's nuts) who can run an offense. On the flipside, WVU's not beating anyone if they're having an off-night shooting. They don't rebound at all, and they aren't good enough on defense to rely on shutting the other team down. That's not a good combination. On the right night, they can beat anyone...but it's hard to see them going 6 games against good competition without a bricklayer's convention one game ending their run. Then again, they could catch fire like last year. Who knows this year- when people are seriously talking about a Texas team with 4 double-digit losses as a #1 seed, it's a strange year.
Pitt's an odd team- they look completely out of control at times with Krauser and Fields running the show, but they're generally effective. They also aren't a complete disaster at the FT line, in sharp contrast to the Knight/Troutman years. They run hot and cold, and are probably a year away from doing anything. As it is, they're good enough on their good days to beat anyone, but who knows if it will be a good or bad day (or half, as the first two games of this tourney have shown). They pretty much go as Krauser goes, which can be dicey. (That being said, it's always nice to have someone who wants the ball at crunch time- just ask UConn, since they're still looking for someone to step up 2 years after Gordon and Okafor left.) Assuming that Fields can fill Krauser's role next year, they'll be scary. As it is, they look like a team that gets to the Sweet 16, plays the #1 or #2 seed tough, but fades out by the end.