Nick Sirianni knocked reporters off balance a bit when he began his Friday news conference by saying, “big game tonight, huh?”

For a brief moment, the thought was, did he get confused and think it was Thursday when Pitt and Kenny Pickett hosted North Carolina and Sam Howell? That was the one his boss, general manager Howie Roseman, attended.

When asked what he was referring to, Sirianni said “Villanova-UCLA.”

Yes, college basketball has begun dribbling toward March and the Wildcats and Bruins will play Friday night at 11:30.