i think people make too big of a deal out of a 1,2, or 5 game sample of the regular season in basketball. its about creating trends in play, boosting confidence, etc. having a "bad" start to the conference play because of 2 games isnt fair, nor is washing away those alleged bad starts with 1 exceptional outing. can bad habits form from bad streaks? yeah, but thats what coaching is about. im not a pitt fan, but ive kept up with them this season. Its a decent team...better than i expected honestly. they arent without their shortcomings, systematically speaking, and i think Dixon lets them run out of their comfort zone in stress-based situations (how their last loss got away from them with poor 3 point shooting in poor shooting situations). i think theyll contend for the conference and get to the 2nd round of the tournament, maybe sweet 16 at best.
dont know how much more somebody can ask for given they arent in the NBA caliber player rankings of college basketball--something i dont anticipate on changing anytime soon.
this is just my random view. dont take it as my hard-pressed soapbox stance.