The western side of this great Commonwealth loves Pitt-vs.-Penn State. Mostly in football, but we saw a pretty dang good basketball meeting Tuesday night. The atmosphere at a packed Petersen Events Center was by far the best it’s been for a non-conference game in recent memory.
Afterward, both coaches were asked about the idea of making the matchup an annual series. Tuesday’s meeting was part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which is set by the conferences and the television networks.
The answers of Penn State’s Patrick Chambers and Pitt’s Jamie Dixon showed just how not on the same page the two are.
“Coach Dixon and I have talked about it; we’re going to try to work it out.
“This was a Big Ten/ACC (Challenge) game, obviously, but we’re going to try to do something to keep the series going.”
Later, Dixon did not sound nearly as enthusiastic.
“It’d be great, but there’s like 50 games I’d like to see continued; they just don’t allow us to play that many games. You can’t do everything.
“It’s good for everybody, but now we’re in the ACC so you don’t know when you’re gonna play them or if you’re gonna play them (in the Big Ten /ACC Challenge) so it does bring some challenges, obviously.
“It’s good, but we play a lot of good teams, and whoever we don’t play, they talk about, ‘Why don’t we play them?’ And it’s the usual.”
In short, don’t hold your breath for a Panthers-Nittany Lions matchup next December.