I knew it was good for me to write about Pittâ€™s season having already been enough. Win or lose against Michigan State, it was enough. Iâ€™ve already reread that post five times â€“ Iâ€™m positive itâ€™s kept me from saying something Iâ€™ll regret later. Iâ€™ve had about 40 hours to digest it â€“ I think itâ€™s time to move on.
Having said thatâ€¦ouch. Thatâ€™s a tough one to lose. I canâ€™t wait to hear the people saying Dixon still canâ€™t win the big ones â€“ I donâ€™t think any coach can win when your team shoots like that. He wasnâ€™t the one shooting 2 of freaking 17 on three pointers. Ronald Ramon and Keith Benjamin both played like crap and thereâ€™s no denying that. Iâ€™ve been pretty tough on both all year (especially Ramon) and this game didnâ€™t help their cause. Still, thanks to them for giving so much to this program over the years and I hope them both the best in whatever their life takes them to next. Itâ€™s not like the seniors were the only ones to drop the ball though â€“ everyone except for Fields played like #%@&. Iâ€™m not even mad anymore because, well, itâ€™s over.
But hey, when Drew Neitzel is going to hit every shot he takes then youâ€™re already fighting a losing battle. As Chas mentioned, Neitzel frustrated the hell out of everyone by both his crazy shots and his attitude. Someone I watched the game with, not a Pitt fan, commented on how much of a jerk he was and somebody from Pitt needed to foul him hard at the end of the game. I responded with some harsher words (one f-word followed by a different f-word) but whatever. Just add him to the list with Gerry McNamara and Chris Quinn â€“ certified Panther killers.
Please donâ€™t bring up the argument that they were worn down by the Big East Tournament. Iâ€™m not buying that excuse at all. These are 18-22 year old kids in the best shape of their lives. Sure four games in four days was tough but it was a whole week ago. The game against Oral Roberts was so easy and boring that it was like a day off anyways.
It also would have been nice for them to win for the simple fact it would have given us something to write about for another week. Blogging the offseason sucks.