The subsequent 72 hours will probably be nerve-racking, to say the least, for Pitt basketball followers and members of this system as they wait to be taught if they’ve certified for the NCAA males’s basketball match.
As is normally the case this time of yr, bracketology adjustments each day and the newest info on Pitt is just not precisely encouraging.
As of this morning, CBS Sports activities lists Pitt as an eleventh seed towards Missouri, USA Right this moment has her as a tenth seed towards Michigan State, whereas ESPN has the Panthers play Rutgers within the play-in-game.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi lists Pitt with 4 different groups who’re “Too Near Name” and says Pitt, Utah State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Clemson are 5 groups contending for 3 spots. Lunardi additionally lists Oregon and Vanderbilt as two groups lurking.
Pittsburgh sports activities now reached out to numerous nationwide school basketball writers for his or her ideas on the place Pitt presently stands.
Mike DeCourcy, Sports activities Information: “I’ve full confidence that Pitt will probably be within the discipline when the bracket is unveiled on Sunday evening. It could have been good in the event that they had been extra aggressive towards Duke, however I feel the Blue Devils turned out to be an excellent crew. I’ve all the time stated I consider there’s a major distance between the Panthers and the bubble. There could also be rather less after the frustration towards Notre Dame, however groups that had been in worse form than Pitt, like Nevada, Michigan, Carolina and Oklahoma State, both broken their instances or missed probabilities.”
Pat Forde, Sports activities Illustrated: “I assumed Pitt was an NCAA crew for a month. Even with the latest stumbles — and a completely horrid blowout towards Duke — I’d nonetheless discover room for the Panthers within the discipline. The largest drawback, growing late, is the devaluation of sprawling North Carolina. That seemed huge then, however now it beats a NIT crew twice. I think it’s going to be a nervous choice Sunday in Pitt, however I feel it’s going to finish properly.”
Rocco Miller, Hoops Bracketologist/Brackeer.org: “Pittsburgh definitely didn’t make an excellent final impression within the loss to Duke, however general it doesn’t damage the resume a lot. A lot of getting chosen revolves round your resume. Pitt’s seed may need been affected because the end result befell on a Thursday afternoon and was more likely to be watched by the committee, however I consider the Panthers are going to make the match. It relies upon if Pitt goes straight to the bracket or is distributed to Dayton? That’s a troublesome nut to crack tonight. I’m assured Pitt will probably be listening to his title primarily based on highway wins over match groups Northwestern and NC State (assuming the pack will get picked). These wins and Virginia and Miami at dwelling present they will play at this stage and I feel it makes up for the horrible losses. Pitt would additionally must be larger within the pecking order than NC State and I don’t see each being ignored, particularly with UNC AD Bubba Cunningham campaigning for it within the committee room.
Invoice Bender, The Sports activities Information: “It’s actually laborious to gauge how the committee is absolutely going to deal with the ACC bubble groups. Pitt has 4 Quad 1 wins, which is a separator from NC State. Duke’s loss was ugly, and shedding three of their final 4 video games possible places the Panthers on the No. 11 line with an opportunity of ending up within the First 4. I nonetheless suppose they will get in each methods.”
PSN will replace this story as we obtain extra replies.
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