Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – A day after Pitt coach Kevin Stallings criticized his players, specifically four starting seniors, for their lack of leadership and a failure to embrace his coaching concepts, Pitt’s basketball program reached historic depths Tuesday night in a 106-51 loss to No. 13 Louisville at Petersen Events Center.
It wasn’t the largest margin of defeat in Pitt history. That distinction stays with the 1905-06 Pitt team — the school’s first basketball team — that lost to Westminster, 106-13. But it was the second worst, beating the 51-point loss to Wichita State in 1964 (109-58).
Pitt (12-8, 1-6 ACC) appeared to give little effort throughout the game, making slow passes and allowing Louisville easy baskets on defense.
Louisville (17-4, 5-3) shot 58.2 percent from the field while Pitt hit only 26 percent of its shots. Michael Young led Pitt with 12 points while Jamel Artis, who scored 43 against Louisville earlier this month, finished with nine.
I wanted to get a quick blog up tonight to address the state of Pitt basketball right now. The reality is that the 2016-2017 Pitt basketball team is currently in a downward spiral equivalent to the 2012-2013 Amanda Bynes era. Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned missing Jamie Dixon this bad after he left for TCU. Back in March, optimism was spewing in Oakland after Dixon left and there were reports that Pitt was all but set to hire Arizona coach/former player Sean Miller as their new head coach – that is, until Miller set out this tweet to crush every Pitt fan’s hopes and dreams.
Since that tweet, there’s been a growing sense of pessimism surrounding Pitt basketball. Pitt’s
AD now former AD Scott Barnes used a search firm shortly after Miller publicly scoffed at the Pitt job in order to seek out the school’s next basketball coach. That search quickly concluded with the hiring of former Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings. Even with the highly questionable hire, my first thought was maybe this guy could get Pitt to advance in the tournament for once. Never for a second did I think that we’d all be witnessing a team that has no chance in hell to even make the NCAA tournament this year (or possibly for years to come), let alone the NIT Tournament.
I guess all we can really do now is sit back and reminisce about the days when our old lick lipping, slicked-haired basketball coach used to run a program that consistently hovered in the top-25 and made the NCAA tournament every year. Man, I remember the days when I was at school, and I used to get all jacked up to watch Pitt basketball dominate in front of a sold out crowd. I had a nice little routine of downing a few beers in the shower before making the walk up cardiac hill to the Pete for a big game. Now, students have nothing better to do than be miserable and drink all winter in their dorm rooms because their team is fucking awful. It’s so bad right now that Pitt should probably give tickets out for free to attract a crowd.