I really don’t see Pitt and Nova playing any time soon. The last thing the Wildcats want is for Pitt to have more opportunities to recruit in the Philly area. For all that talk about how Pitt has that connection for NY/NJ, Pitt has been doing rather well grabbing kids in or connected to the Philly area in recent years. Both Gil Brown and Lamar Patterson may have been from Central PA, but their AAU teams were in Philly. Wanamaker, Robinson, Malcolm Gilbert and others were taken from the area. Hopefully Pitt finds a some willing partners in the rest of the Big 5 for home-and-homes to Philly.
The big concern is the status of Steven Adams’ ankle.
Pitt freshman center Steven Adams injured an ankle in practice Saturday, according to a university source. The severity of the injury was not immediately known and it was unclear Saturday night if he would be able to play in the game today against Villanova.
If Adams can’t go — or Coach Dixon decides to be extra careful — it renders any debate on whether Dante Taylor should get to start on senior day moot.
Both Taylor and Travon Woodall will have their family in Pittsburgh to see them play for the first and last time.
“It’s a great feeling,” Woodall said of having his mother, sister and other extended family present. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere. They don’t get out of New Jersey or New York often. It will be a great opportunity to see the opportunities I have coming from what we came from.”
For both players, family considerations and financial restraints have prevented it from happening until now. Taylor said his mother cares for his grandmother, and even if she was able to get away for a few days, the family does not have the money for trips to Pittsburgh.
“For them to watch me in a home game, it will be really exciting,” Taylor said. “It will definitely be emotional. It’s a great place to play, a great environment. I’ve been here for four years so it’s like my second home. It will definitely be something to remember, something I’ll never forget.”
Always want to see the seniors go out on a high note at the Pete.
Final Big East home game for Pitt. As much as we hated on the Big East football, the basketball was never anything but the best.
Not sure what to expect in this game. Obviously, emotions will be high for Pitt.
It’s also a near-must win for Nova. After a disastrous start in the non-con, Villanova still has a shot for an at-large NCAA Bid. They are 9-7 in the Big East. They have big, big wins over Louisville, Syracuse and Marquette. Being swept by Providence hurt, but doesn’t look as bad with the Friars playing much better. That loss to Seton Hall, however, hurt. Plus their road wins are very few. Beating Pitt at the Pete would probably do the job.
The game is at noon. It’s the Big East syndicated game being shown on MASN, Root, MSG, Brighthouse, WPHL (Philly) and Altitude.