Jay Bilas is sure to ask the question. So will Digger Phelps and Dick Vitale.
"What is wrong with Pitt?"
The eyes of the college basketball world will be focused on the slumping Panthers (11-8, 0-6 Big East) today, as ESPN College GameDay descends on Petersen Events Center for only the second time.
In the hours leading to the 9:05 p.m. tipoff against No. 23 Louisville (14-5, 2-4), a student will have a chance to win $18,000 during the State Farm half-court shot promotion, and hot topics will be discussed from the GameDay desk with Rece Davis, Hubert Davis, Bilas and Phelps.
The atmosphere will be markedly different from the other time GameDay came to town, a 74-69 victory by the No. 7-ranked Panthers over Georgetown in January 2007.
So, in advance of the national scrutiny, how did a season that began with a top-10 ranking spiral out of control?
Was it injuries, defections and turnovers? Bad shooting, poor defense and leadership/toughness issues? Or maybe coaching decisions, unrealistic expectations and lack of development?
"It's a combination of events," Bilas, an ESPN analyst, said Friday. "It's not an issue of effort. … Once some shots start going in, I think you will see a different team. But the one thing that can be more consistent and be better is their defense."