In the last week, Pitt hasn’t looked… horrible.
It’s damning with faint praise when the media notes tries to spin positive road losses at UNC and Duke by a combined 10 points, but when you are harnessed to an 8-game losing streak and yet to win on the road in the ACC, you take what you can get.
The thing with a good, bad team like Pitt is this year. You don’t know anything about the team from game-to-game. Effort, energy, streakiness… It’s all a question mark. Did they play up to their opponents in the last week? Will they have a complete letdown in effort against a team like BC?
I have no idea. I’m guessing the coaches don’t either.
Pitt shot 2-14 on threes against Duke. The game before, 13-29. From game-to-game, there is no predicting how this team will do. Where it will excel. Where it will look like it never practices that aspect. The only thing that has been consistent over the last 3 weeks or so is that Pitt is on the short end of the scoreboard.
BC is riding its own 7-game losing streak. Despite a 9-15 overall record, Pitt is still looking up at them in the standings.
BC likes to play up-tempo. Not particularly well, but up-tempo. Their offense is not very efficient, so the pace of play gives them more opportunities. It’s a turnover-prone team facing a team that doesn’t force turnovers. They take a lot of 3s. Basically, like the Duke game, it could very well come down to which team is connecting from outside the arc. Like Pitt, they aren’t very good on the offensive glass.
I’ve reached the point that the fact that this game is a toss-up just makes me laugh rather than get depressed.
The game tonight decides the basement of the ACC. Their overall record would be tied at. So, fingers crossed.