Okay, so as the match-ups for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge were being leaked this morning, it became clear that Pitt wasn’t going to land one of the heavyweights from the B1G. That’s not surprising. Pitt will not be considered in the preseason as one of the top 5 or 6 teams in the ACC. So, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan St., Ohio St. and Indiana weren’t going to be likely opponents. Among the best of the rest there would have been Iowa, Illinois and Purdue. But Iowa and Purdue got leaked and their opponents were not Pitt.
So, more and more likely it was going to be a Pennsylvania battle.
And indeed it will be. Penn State comes to the Pete on Tuesday, December 3.
Now the Nits will be better than they were this past year. They have a bunch of decent players coming back from injury, including Tim Frazier.
But, from helping the overall strength of Pitt’s non-con schedule it won’t do much. So that’s the bad news. Also John Johnson won’t be eligible to play for Penn State for that game.
I’m still relatively happy with the game. There really was no reason for Pitt and Penn State to stop playing basketball. Other than the fact that Penn State was really tired of being embarrassed. Hopefully this will be the spark to renew this as an annual game.