Pitt’s amusement Saturday night against West Virginia, the restoration of the storied Backyard Brawl, was, on paper, a Murphy’s Law of a matchup for the Panthers.
A youthful group with seven rookies and nine first-year Division I players, one that has battled with turnovers and anticipating hostile bounce back for a significant part of the season, would need to coordinate minds with a positioned rival that exceeds expectations in the two territories, to such an extent that its ability for making miscues the previous a few seasons has earned it the epithet “Press Virginia.”
From that weight came not jewels, but rather something significantly more valuable than the Panthers had appeared anytime through the span of the 2017-18 season — regardless of whether it arrived in a misfortune.
Ryan Luther had a group high 13 focuses and 12 bounce back, and helped Pitt defeated a sizable early opening to get inside two of the No. 18 Mountaineers in the last six minutes previously at last falling, 69-60, Saturday at the Petersen Events Centre in the main matchup between the two schools in almost six years.