Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 1/19/12
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Considering the current circumstances, Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh may be the biggest “must win” situation for Rick Pitino in quite some time. Unfortunately, Jamie Dixon and the Pittsburgh Panthers need a win more than Louisville does. Both teams were ranked in the top ten preseason AP poll, but have plummeted in recent weeks. Louisville and Pitt are a combined 2-8 in the month of January. Pitt has yet to win a game in Big East play and is currently on their first seven game losing streak in over 20 years. The Panthers haven’t won a game since December 20th. The fact that Pitt needs this win more than Louisville isn’t exactly a good thing. Saying they’re due would be an understatement. This game on Saturday could make or break both teams. Pitt would fall to 0-7 in conference play. No team has ever started 0-7 and made the NCAA tournament. A loss for Louisville would put them at 2-5 in league play. That doesn’t necessarily mean the season would be over, but that’s very tough hole ...
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