Then there is the Big East releasing the Conference schedule match-ups. Not the when. Just who and where.
For Pitt, well given the pure unknown quantity of the team, the schedule seems challenging enough.
Home opponents at the Petersen Events Center will include DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and West Virginia.
The Panthers’ 2009-10 road opponents include Cincinnati, Connecticut, Marquette, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Pitt’s three repeat opponents are St. John’s, Seton Hall and West Virginia.
Notice a theme with the repeat opponents?
Sure WV is there. Rival and all. But St. John’s and Seton Hall? It’s a double-double dose of Western PA kids against Pitt. D.J. Kennedy gets two cracks as does Herb Pope.
I like to believe these storylines aren’t pre-planned when they set the schedule, but that just seems like quite the double coincidence.
Just eyeballing it, I really don’t know what to expect. I see Villanova and WVU as the top teams in the conference. The next tier is probably UConn, Louisville and Georgetown. Then a big wide-open middle that could include Pitt, Cinci, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse, and maybe Notre Dame.
After that it’s Providence and Marquette with USF, Rutgers and DePaul at the barrell’s bottom.
I could honestly see Pitt as anywhere from 12-6 in the conference to 6-12.