Pittsburgh began the season with dreams of the Final Four. But the Panthers played much of the year on autopilot, confident that it could turn on the maximum effort when the situation required.
If there's one thing that's been true about Pittsburgh this season, it's that this team is totally unpredictable.
Pittsburgh is nothing if not streaky this season. Until Monday night, it looked like the Panthers were going the wrong way at the worst possible time.
Just when it seemed like the Panthers were in position to challenge for the Big East regular-season title, a loss leaves Pitt right back in the pack, fighting just to get a first-round bye in the league tournament.
February 22, 2005
The Panthers seem to have found their rhythm at the right time, and have gotten into position to sneak into the Big East lead if Boston College falters.
February 15, 2005
The games took place just a few weeks ago, but the Panthers' losses to Bucknell, Georgetown and St. John's seem like they happened a long time ago.<br><br> Pitt followed up its road victory over Connecticut with a comeback win over Syracuse last weekend, turning its season back around in the span of two games and serving notice that the preseason buzz surrounding this program was more than hot air.
February 3, 2005
The rap on Pittsburgh, here and most everywhere else, is that the Panthers don't play a challenging nonconference schedule. While that may lead to fewer games on national television and duller packages for season-ticket holders, it doesn't look like it affects the team's readiness for a top foe.
December 11, 2004
We return to Scout.com's preview of the Big East with the report on Pittsburgh. First year coach Jamie Dixon led his charges to 31 wins and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2003-04.
October 30, 2004