PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Former Pitt and UCLA head coach Ben Howland joined The Cook and Poni Show on Wednesday morning to preview Pitt and March Madness.
Howland tells the guys that he was impressed with what Pitt was able to do in the ACC Tournament with wins over Wake Forest and North Carolina and taking Virginia to the limit.
Howland says it should help Pitt heading into the NCAA Tournament, but agrees that even though Pitt is playing their best basketball right now it won’t be easy.
“Colorado is going to be a real tough opponent despite losing it’s best player,” Howland said. “Pitt has it’s hands full.”
Howland tells the guys that the Buffaloes play a similar style to Pitt. They rebound well and play great defense.
“They play man to man and like to push it. It should be a great game,” Howland added.
Howland thinks Pitt could win a few games even beating Florida on what appears to be their home court. He says Pitt has been great on the road this year so why not.
“It’s a whole new season now where everyone is upbeat and excited,” Howland said. “Anything can happen.”
Howland told the guys that he can understand why Dixon is feeling heat from the fans. He says he is a victim of his own success.
“He has created his own monster,” Howland said. “The expectation level is so high because of his success. Pittsburgh should be lucky to have him. So many teams have tried to pry him away but he has remained loyal to Pitt.”
Howland also is considering his own future as his name is being linked to some open positions in college basketball including reports that he is the front runner for the Boston College job.
Howland would not confirm or deny those reports but did tell the guys that he wants to coach again, but wants an opportunity where he has a chance to win right away.
Howland jokingly told the guys that his Final Four picks are worth a lot of money but he shared them with us anyway: Wisconsin, Louisville, Michigan St and Syracuse.
Listen to the full interview here: