Penn State Basketball

Little Brother? Official Pitt Account Attempts to “troll” Penn State; Immediately bounced by double digits

No one celebrates harder than a Pittsburgh Panther after a Penn State loss in anything.

A day before the Pitt Panthers Basketball team played Xavier in the second round of the NCAA tournament, the program’s main focus seemed to be on another in-state team, rather than their actual opponent. The official Pitt Panthers Basketball account, in a now deleted tweet, tweeted out support to the University of Texas for squeaking by the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

After at least 5975 impressions, including 32 retweets and 155 likes, the account deleted the tweet.

The message was clear though, the University of Pittsburgh felt like the Pitt Panthers basketball got a win to celebrate Saturday night when Penn State lost.

Unfortunately for Pitt, the actual basketball team that took the court against Xavier did not have the same fire that the fan base did in celebrating the Penn State loss. Instead, Pitt lost to Xavier by double digits and ending their tournament run.


Does Pitt have a Penn State inferiority complex?

This is not the first time an official Pitt account has attempted to “troll” Penn State.

In 2017, Pitt Football head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted “Hail to Pitt” immediately after No. 2 Penn State lost to No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus. At the time of this “trolling” Pitt football was 4-5 and begging for relevance and bowl eligibility.

With Pitt, Penn State fans can be assured that no matter how the Pitt sports programs perform, the school will always loudly celebrate any defeat for Penn State.

In most years, Pitt’s best “victories” are games where Pitt’s own teams are not even playing, a sad reality to live in.

At least Penn State fans can celebrate the season that Penn State men’s basketball had while watching spring practice for an early top-10 football team and celebrating a 10th national championship in wrestling in 12 years, while Pitt fans must wait until next season to hope to celebrate another Penn State loss.

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About Author

Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.