After a season-opening loss to St. Francis (PA) back on Nov. 25, Pitt looked as if it was nowhere near an NCAA tournament-caliber team. However, since then, the Panthers have won seven of their last eight including three conference wins.
Two of those victories came against Syracuse (7-4, 1-3 ACC), who had given Jeff Capel-coached teams nothing but trouble in his first two years in Pittsburgh. However, after those two wins against the Orange, Pitt has started to receive some national attention for its 7-2 start.
Many experts have started to include the Panthers in their bracket predictions, giving Pitt fans some long-awaited hope and optimism for an NCAA tournament bid.
One of those experts is Mike DeCourcy of Fox Sports and The Sporting News, who recently had the Panthers in the tournament, in a play-in game against Oklahoma for a 12 seed. DeCourcy released that updated bracket prediction on Jan. 15, a day before Pitt blew out Syracuse by 20 points.
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) January 15, 2021
On Monday, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with DeCourcy and talked about Pitt’s chances, what he has seen from the Panthers, what they need to do in order to get a tournament bid, and more.