PITTSBURGH — Despite another impressive win over a top-10 opponent, Pitt still finds itself outside of the nation’s top three, coming in fourth in both the AP poll and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Both polls have slight differences in the top five. Here is the AP Poll’s top five (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1) Kansas (22)
2) Ohio State (14)
3) Texas (23)
4) Pitt (6)
And here is the ESPN/USA Today top five:
1) Kansas (14)
2) Texas (13)
3) Ohio State (3)
4) Pitt (1)
It looked like Pitt had the chance to move up in to the top three, maybe as high as No. 2, given Ohio State lost at Wisconsin on Saturday and the Panthers have a win over Texas from earlier in the season at Madison Square Garden.
Such was not the case.
However, the widespread first-place votes are a prime example of how this NCAA basketball season is unique — there is no single dominant team. The Panthers benifit from playing in the Big East and have a few more chances to vault higher in the polls with games against Louisville and Villanova — both nationally ranked.
Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog