It seemed like a good idea three months ago.
Pittsburgh. Louisville. The Big East's winningest team over the last decade against a club ranked in the preseason Top 10 in a rivalry that's developed into one the best in the league since the Cardinals joined in 2005.
Throw it in primetime in late January to give it a big-game feel. What could go wrong, right?
Turns out, just about everything.
The 23rd-ranked Cardinals (14-5, 2-4 Big East) are hurting, the latest blow coming on Monday when junior forward Rakeem Buckles tore the ACL in his left knee in a loss at Marquette, ending his season early for the second straight year.
The Panthers (11-8, 0-6) don't have as lengthy an injury list, but really all it's taken is one to do them in. Pitt has been out of sync since point guard Tray Woodall went out with groin and abdominal injuries in a victory over Duquesne at the end of November.
Without their floor leader, the Panthers have looked lost offensively. Big East preseason player of ...