As this year's college basektball season proceeded, Pitt continued to beat lesser teams and slowly crept up the national rankings. After Saturday's drubbing of Kennesaw State, the Panthers cracked the top 25 for the first time this season.
On Monday, The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Dept. announced that the team is ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll. Pitt earned 97 total votes and is one of six Big East teams ranked in this week’s top-25 poll.
It also marks their first poll listing since December 26, 2011. Prior to the past year, Pitt spent a string of 40 consecutive weeks in the national rankings.
The Panthers have been ranked in 166 of the last 198 national polls, have spent at least one week ranked among the nation’s top-10 in each of the last 11 seasons (2002-12) and ascended to the No. 1 ranking for a total of three weeks during the 2008-09 season.
The Panthers are now 12-1 as they are on the doorstep of beginnig their last year in the Big East Conference when undefeated and eighth-ranked Cincinnati comes to the Petersen Events Center in exactly one week (New Years' Eve day) at noon.
Pitt is 12-0 at the Petersen Events Center against top-10 teams but will be facing a tough challenge this week to keep that streak alive against the visiting Bearcats.