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Vukovcan: Pitt is a CLEAR Match Staff Regardless of What the Metrics Say



Whether or not it’s one that you simply agree with or not, everyone seems to be entitled to their very own opinion.

That’s very true on the subject of sports activities, which is without doubt one of the issues that make it nice.

Since getting TKO’d yesterday by Duke, many individuals, each domestically and nationally, have expressed an opinion on Pitt, debating whether or not they personal a reliable event resume.

Previous to Thursday’s 2:30 PM tipoff towards Duke, the nationwide consensus gave the impression to be that the Panthers locked up a bid the day earlier than towards Georgia Tech, which was win No. 22.

That opinion was shortly modified following Pitt getting destroyed by the Blue Devils and the flavour of the day now has Pitt as a bubble staff and presumably on the skin trying in.

Whereas I imagine in freedom of speech and the significance of being allowed to have an opinion, if you happen to suppose Pitt is a bubble staff and will miss the event, you’re loopy.

Jeff Capel’s staff, undoubtedly, has a event resume and in the event that they’re not one of many 68 groups chosen on Sunday evening, it’s a complete joke and the system is damaged.

Whereas this is only one man’s opinion and no approach am I all the time proper, if Pitt does miss the event, it gained’t be due to their resume, it’ll be due to one thing that’s modified the choice course of and adjusted it for the more severe: the impression computer systems and metrics have on who’s event worthy.

Increase your hand if you wish to throw up while you hear the words- KenPom, NET, Quad One/Two wins, and so on.

One person who clearly doesn’t share the identical opinion as me, is Alan Saunders, who wrote a column and has no problem with this method and appears to be campaigning for a job with Ken Pom and his staff (LOL).

I really like Alan and this isn’t the very first thing that we’ve disagreed about, however he’s completely improper when making an attempt to make a case that the metrics had been proper about Pitt.

The benefit of Alan is that once I clarify why I hate the system and don’t agree with 99% of his column, he gained’t block me on Twitter like Ken Pom did.

When these new pc/metrics based mostly methods have a lot affect on event seeding and whether or not a staff qualifies for a event, extra widespread sense must be used, extra taking a look at a staff along with your eyes must be executed as an alternative of simply merely plugging numbers into a pc.

If that was executed, Pitt wouldn’t be ranked No. 77 by Ken Pom and No. 67 by NET, which is at present the case.

Whereas the pro-metrics individuals will say ‘we’re not saying they’re the 77th or 67th greatest staff within the nation,’ they really are as a result of that’s the place they’ve them listed on their respective service. And since that’s the place they’re at present slotted, most nationwide bracketologists use this quantity when deciding the place to seed Pitt.

I’m not going to try to make the case that Pitt is at present one of many Prime 25 or 30 greatest groups within the nation however don’t try to insult my intelligence by saying that metrics are correct with their present place of Pitt.

Having them at both #67 or #77 is a complete joke and also you lose complete credibility by making an attempt to argue these rankings are okay or correct.

Listed below are probably the most egregious errors and why I can’t give an oz of credibility to what they’re making an attempt to spew out.

Pitt No. 77
Iona No. 76
BYU No. 73
Charleston No. 72
Yale No. 69
Seton Corridor No. 68
Central Florida No. 67
Drake No. 66
Sam Houston State No. 64
Texas Tech No. 61
Colorado No. 59
Oral Roberts No. 56
UAB No. 55
NC State No. 54
Ohio State No. 53
Oklahoma No. 51
Liberty No. 48
North Carolina No. 47
Michigan No. 45
Nevada No. 43
North Texas No. 41
Boise State No. 28
Florida Atlantic No. 27
Utah State No. 21

I’m not going to enter every particular person staff that I listed, however give me a break if you happen to’re going to try to inform me with a straight face that Florida Atlantic is 50 spots higher than Pitt, or that Liberty is 29 spots higher, or {that a} staff that Pitt BEAT TWICE is 30 spots higher or groups with general shedding data are higher than Pitt or that you simply’re going to rank a staff greater than Pitt that performs in a minor convention and performs little or no competitors all season.

After I say use widespread sense, that’s what I’m referring to. What do you suppose UAB’s document could be in the event that they performed within the ACC? I can confidently predict it wouldn’t be above .500. Similar with Iona, Charleston, Yale, Central Florida, Drake, Sam Houston State, Colorado, Oral Roberts, Liberty, Nevada, North Texas, Boise State, Florida Atlantic or Utah State.

Since they’d end underneath .500, they wouldn’t be ranked in any metrics system above Pitt, which makes the present rankings laughable.

None of these groups that play little to no competitors needs to be listed forward of Pitt and if they’re, your system is a foul one.

No matter what’s being written and mentioned, Pitt definitely has a event worthy resume. One thing that will get utterly neglected and an element that computer systems don’t contemplate is that at first of the season, this Pitt staff was making an attempt to develop chemistry with all the brand new faces on the roster and of their beginning lineup. That doesn’t occur in a single day, thus some struggles at first of the season. I’d recommend that if Pitt performed VCU, Michigan and Vanderbilt at midseason or on the finish of the season, outcomes would’ve been completely different.

That being mentioned, the competitors they performed and video games they gained is NCAA Match worthy.

Beating Northwestern (No. 2 seed in Massive 10), NC State on the highway, Syracuse (twice), Miami (No. 1 seed in ACC), North Carolina (twice) and Virginia ought to make Pitt event worthy and is definitely higher than any of the groups I listed above at present personal.

It’s arduous to imagine that individuals are saying that Pitt didn’t do sufficient this season to earn a spot however that’s the case and a cause Pitt followers and members of this system will likely be sweating till Sunday at 6 PM.

I’m going to shut with a reality that ought to enable Panther nation to sleep straightforward over the subsequent 2 nights.

Because the NCAA event expanded to 64 groups in 1985, EVERY ACC staff that gained 70% of its convention video games throughout the common season certified for the NCAA event. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Pitt achieved that this season, which is another excuse this shouldn’t even be a dialog piece.

Regardless of what the computer systems are saying and them making an attempt to maintain Pitt out, that gained’t occur.

First the primary time since 2016, the Pitt Panthers will likely be dancing in March and it’s one thing that was earned.


‘I Simply Need to be Myself’: Calijah Kancey is Paving His Personal Path Ahead



While you run the quickest 40-yard sprint for a defensive lineman on the NFL Mix within the final twenty years, breaking the report held by Aaron Donald, it’s arduous not to attract comparisons.

While you’re an undersized All-American defensive deal with from Pitt, once more, it’s arduous not to attract comparisons. However on the finish of the day, it’s Calijah Kancey’s race and never anybody else’s. The comparisons are good, however he really is his personal man.

The primary Calijah Kancey.

“It’s an honor to even be up for a comparability with a man like that, however truthfully I’m myself,” Kancey stated on the Jim Rome Present. “I simply wish to be my very own self. I respect the comparisons with the GOAT, which he’s, however truthfully, I simply wish to be myself, make a reputation for myself.”

Kancey has come a good distance since arriving at Pitt as an under-recruited defensive lineman from Miami, Florida, with out a suggestion from Miami, Florida State, Florida or any of the key Florida colleges. He’s definitely made a reputation for himself.

He’s the 2022 ACC Defensive Participant of the Yr, a two-time All-American (simply the thirteenth participant in program historical past to earn unanimous honors) and a really doubtless first spherical choice within the 2023 NFL Draft.

He racked up 31 tackles (17 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss and seven.5 sacks in 2022, in simply 11 video games, as he cemented himself as maybe the main inside go rusher in school soccer — the No. 1 trait that’s attracting NFL groups in his draft cycle. His velocity and quickness at 281 kilos are very, very unusual.

In his Pitt profession, by means of simply three seasons, Kancey recorded 91 tackles (52 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, three go breakups and a pressured fumble. It was a profession that began quick and solely acquired sooner.

And he credit a Mr. Patrick Narduzzi for serving to him attain the extent he’s achieved.

“He does a terrific job with us at Pitt,” Kancey stated. “He teaches us to be powerful, which it’s a must to be to be on his protection. He simply builds character, and likewise you simply have to have the ability to take criticism from a coach and also you gotta have the ability to have powerful pores and skin as a result of coach Narduzzi will not be at all times gonna be the nicest man. However he’s additionally gonna maintain you accountable and push you to be a terrific participant and never only a good participant.”

Kancey grew exponentially at Pitt, studying from Narduzzi and line of defense coach Charlie Partridge your complete approach, and former teammates like Jaylen Twyman, Rashad Weaver and Patrick Jones, and he’s up subsequent. He’s not trying to be anybody however himself both.

“My enjoying weight was 275 kilos,” Kancey stated on the NFL Mix final week. “I’m weighing 280 kilos proper now, and I’m trying good.”

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WATCH: Capel, Burton, and Diaz-Graham Postgame Press Convention After Loss to Duke



GREENSBORO, N.C. — On Thursday afternoon, Jeff Capel’s Pitt Panthers fell to Duke by a lopsided rating of 96-69 in Greensboro.

Nike Sibande led the Panthers with 17 factors, whereas Guillermo Diaz-Graham scored 14 factors within the loss and Burton added 13.

Hear from head coach Jeff Capel, in addition to Diaz-Graham and Burton, of their official press convention beneath.

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Panthers Look to Clear Up the Glass Towards ACC’s Finest Rebounding Crew in Duke



GREENSBORO, N.C. – The No. 5 Pitt Panthers enter the ACC Event Quarterfinals Thursday afternoon dealing with the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pitt defeated No. 13 Georgia Tech, 89-81, to advance previous the second spherical.

The assembly marks the second time Pitt and Duke battle in Carolina, beforehand in Durham on Jan. 11. It was a story of two halves for either side. Pitt was dominant within the first 20 minutes however was dominated within the closing 20, particularly late within the sport to fall 77-69.

“It appeared like eternally in the past,” Capel stated. “They’re actually good. They’re most likely the most well liked group within the league. I believe they’ve gained six in a row. These freshmen have grown up. Clearly, we all know that they’re very, very proficient. It’ll be a heck of a sport. I believe we’ve gotten higher since we performed them, too, so we’re excited in regards to the problem.”

The Panthers led 43-32 at halftime largely to taking pictures 57% from the ground. The second half was a very completely different story because the Blue Devils stomped Pitt 45-26 en path to an eight-point, come-from-behind victory. 

Duke manhandled Pitt on the glass, outrebounding the Panthers 47-25 and 20-7 on the offensive boards. The Blue Devils are the ACC’s greatest offensive-rebounding group (12.6), a full rebound forward of second-place NC State (11.6). Jon Scheyer’s group out-produced Pitt within the paint (34-20) largely to Second Crew All-ACC ahead Kyle Filipowski’s 28 factors and 15 rebounds. 

“I believe some issues that we’ve gotten higher since that matchup is simply expectations and serving to them simply get higher week by week,” Burton stated. “They’re taking part in with quite a lot of confidence. Clearly, they’re actually proficient. They’ve all the time been proficient, however they’ve grown up as a result of they’ve taken some lumps they usually’ve stayed collectively.”

Scheyer’s group stumbled following the Pitt win, going .500 over their subsequent eight video games. Duke has discovered its stride down the stretch, nonetheless, successful eight of its final 10 and defeating North Carolina twice. The Blue Devils are favored by 6.5 factors with the sport being broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 2:30 p.m.

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