Fillipponi: Sorry Pitt, UConn Is The King Of The Big East

By: Andrew Fillipponi

I know it’s the job of any good sports information department to propagandize its teams.  That being said, I implore Pitt basketball to save the stats and research, don’t try to convince me next winter that the Panthers are the best in the Big East.

So what, they have the top winning percentage in the conference over the past ten years.  Big deal.  I don’t think Jim Calhoun thought for a second about Pitt’s 15-3 league record while he cut down the nets in Houston on Monday night.

Throw out the RPIS, Top 25 rankings, and consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.  In the past decade, Connecticut has two national championships.  Pitt has none.  That’s the only evidence I need.

Connecticut is the Big East’s best program.

Consider this:  Jamie Dixon received National Coach of the Year accolades in 2010 for getting a team that was picked to finish ninth in the BIG EAST to the NCAA tournament.  Jim Calhoun’s Huskies were picked by coaches to finish 10th in the BIG EAST this year.  That team went on to win the National Championship.  Now ask yourself who’s the better coach.

Pitt’s men’s basketball team has made great strides, but when it comes to BIG EAST bragging rights, they still trail Connecticut.

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  • Benny

    Yea, but Coach Dixon won’t begin next season suspended for being a cheat unlike Connecticut’s Head Coach. There may be just a bit of a connection between cheating to get the best players and winning national championships, U. Conn, U.S.C., etc. And coming up short because you play by the rules. I’ll take Coach Dixon over Calhoun any day of the week and be happy to blow off you Monday Morning Media types.

  • youareverysmart


  • Brady's Dad

    The BIG difference between Pittsburgh fans and those from other Big East teams is that after Pitt got ousted, the fans then threw their support behind the next best Big East squad. As Big East fans we should all cheer on the teams that take our division to the next level. It’s simply a matter of the good sportsmanship that we all should have learned growing up. Kudos to UCONN who had an amazing run through the Big East Tournament and then on the NCAA Championship. The team played great led by a terrific coach. God Bless all of the players who gave us such a great year! I can’t wait until next season.

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