Pitt comes into today’s matchup with Boston College in desperate need of a win. Pitt has lost three games in a row and five of their last seven. The time is now for these Panthers, a loss to a down right, terrible, Boston College team could serve as the nail in the coffin on the Panthers’ tournament hopes.
Boston College led by sophomore Oliver Hanlan’s 18 points per game is in the midst of a dreadful season that has the Eagles sitting in second to last place in the ACC. This Boston College team comes into the matchup with Pitt at 7-20 and is not playing for much more other than pride.
The lone bright spot on the Eagles season was a 72-69 overtime upset over then undefeated and first- ranked Syracuse. With the exception of that game, the Eagles have not done anything noteworthy this season.
The only positive takeaway from this season for Boston College is that they are bringing back their entire team with the exception of senior guard Danny Rubin. Rubin, averaging just .6 points per game, will not be much of a loss for the Eagles to overcome.
The Eagles start three juniors and two sophomores. They are a young team, and at this point in the season are playing to get experience and build on that for next season.
Pitt, however, is still playing for this season. The Panthers come into this game at 20-7 and cannot afford a loss to a team that is arguably the worst in the ACC.
The Panthers are led by senior Lamar Patterson’s 17.2 points per game. Patterson, admittedly has been plagued by a sore wrist/thumb on his right hand. Patterson’s production has been hampered recently and the Panthers would love to be able to get him some rest in this game. If the Panthers are able to get out to a quick lead then look for Jamie Dixon to bench his star-senior.
This game comes down to how badly Pitt wants to win. There are no positive matchups for Boston College, there is really no reason why Boston College should challenge this Pitt basketball team in any way.
This game is a season-defining game for Pitt. On paper a win over a 7-20 team is worthless, however, to me, it’s not what a win looks like that makes this game so important. It is what a lose looks like. If Pitt losses this game to Boston College, I do not think that they will make it to the tournament.
If this Pitt basketball team is unable to persevere over Boston College, then they give me no reason to believe that they will beat either Clemson or North Carolina State to end the season.
If the Panthers are unable to beat Boston College, what chance do they have of winning a game in the ACC tournament? You have to think that a loss to a team that is doing as poorly as Boston College would be too demoralizing for the Panthers to overcome.
I think that Pitt will come out and fight hard and ultimately win. As for whether or not it Is an easy win or not, that is up to Pitt.