I don't doubt Pitt will be in the hunt...but surprised to see them placed that high irrespective of whether it involves them being higher than UConn or not. Then again, Dixon has kept them going at a high level for many years now.
I don't mind someone thinking Pitt will finish that highly - they have a good team. I think the author is taking it on faith that some of their younger* kids will contribute significantly. Not quite sure I see it working out completely - top 20? Sure. Top 5-10? Eh. Early March flameout? Book it.
The one thing I can't get my mind around is leaving Lamb off the conference team. UConn has two players who should be on the preseason first team - Lamb and AO. They want to put AO on the second team? Fine, I won't kill them. Want to skip Lamb? Their MacBooks should be crammed into their colon. At speed.
In any event, duck* 'em. I was unaware that the USA Today was still being printed. I took a gander at their site a sec ago and the lead story was that some chubby chick "scored 10s in the DWTS". I need their hoop opinions less than I need their reports on big girls dancing.
* "Younger" in Pitt terms means that the player doesn't have grandchildren and/or is not receiving a pension from the University of Pittsburgh.
Hahahahaha what a joke. We should be unanimous #1 in the big east EASILY. #3 in the Big East??? Not sure if we're not 1 or 2 in the country. Not sure if these guys know anything about basketball at all.
Blame it on our departed AD. Doubt he did much to schmooze any of the writers and folks around the countryside. Syracuse has always enjoyed excellent and optimistic reviews despite the team talent being less than top quality.
They haven't had a real PG since Flynn left and I think that's their biggest problem. Jardine is one of the worst decision-makers I've ever seen in college ball. Triche just isn't a PG no matter how much Jimmy B wants him to be. Until they find a real PG to run the show up there again I'm not going to put much stock in their chance to do anything impressive.