Pitt Hoops has Chance to Seize Opportunity and Room to Grow as Big Week Looms Ahead

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The Pitt men’s basketball team did not have long to celebrate their Fort Myers Tip-Off tournament win this past weekend as the Panthers will have to get right back to work to kick off the month of December.

It would not be an overstatement to suggest that this is the biggest week of the early season for the Panthers, who face Rutgers on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, followed by a road matchup against no. 1 ranked Louisville on Friday, Dec. 6.

The first of this week’s contests comes against Rutgers, who sport a 6-1 record with their only loss coming against St. Bonaventure.  This is a home game for the Panthers, but it will not be shoe-in by any means. ESPN gives the Panthers a 60.2 percent chance to win tomorrow night’s matchup.

After Tuesday’s affair, Pitt will take a couple of days off before challenging the top team in the country at their place on Friday, as Pitt will enter the KFC Yum! Center (still one of my favorite ACC venue names) as serious underdogs when they play Chris Mack’s Louisville team.

We will have full game previews for both of these contests as we get closer to game time. In the meantime, let’s talk about why this is such a big week for the Panthers.

Pitt starts the week with a nationally televised contest against a good Rutgers team in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. A win