You almost get the feeling that the CBI is putting something in the water.
A day after Princeton went off for 95 points against Evansville (a score I never thought I”d write while covering this year”s Tigers), Pitt scored 81 in a rout of visiting
Wofford. Granted, it”s probably got less to do with the water and more to do with high-scoring teams playing new opponents without much advance scouting, but either way, the point is that defense has been at a premium so far in the tournament.
With all due respect to Evansville and a very good Missouri Valley Conference, the Pittsburgh Panthers represent a whole different breed of challenger for the Tigers. Say what you will about Pitt”s stumbles in the Big East, but this is still a team that was ranked in the Top-25 in both the coaches” poll and the AP
and had a great record in non-conference play before the Big East gauntlet. While clearly not the same team that earned a one seed to the Big Dance last season, Pitt is not a team to be taken lightly in the CBI.