.....so says this blogger.
Sure the expanded Big East is not yet two full seasons old, but the first three tilts between MU and Pitt have been memorable battles:
- Aaron Gray's 20 rebound effort in Pitt's late victory at the Pete last season following the Graves/James collision;
- Aaron Gray morphing into Erin Gray at the Bradley Center late last season to help seal a victory for MU;
- James making two free throws with 0.9 left in OT to lead MU to a win on the road this season. And don't forget about the Oakland Zoo's dislike for DJ's wink and posturing to the crowd after Sunday's game -- or Aaron Gray's elbow to David Cubillan's head that went unnoticed by the refs earlier in the afternoon;
- Oh, and how about MU's win over the Panthers in the Sweet 16 round of the 2003 NCAA tournament.
Now, I might be in the minority here. The guys at PittBlather don't think its a rivalry just yet, and they make a good case for it.
Jeff Greer at the Pitt News calls it a rivalry.
Marquette fans feel the rivalry emerging too. Check out this thread on MUScoop. And hey, the Pitt fans think its a rivalry .... at least the ones on their message boards. How about this thread on Tom Crean? Here's my favorite post in the thread:
As a Cincinnati fan I have seen plenty of Crean. He is a good coach who gets the most out of his players and puts up a fight in every game even when he has less talent on the floor. He does come off to other team's fans as a sh!thead though. However I have always had the feeling that if other team's fans hate my coach, he is doing a good job.The Oakland Zoo blog -- check this out!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Big East's best new rivalry.