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Pitt Men’s Basketball Makes Debut On Joe Lundardi’s Latest NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Pitt’s latest Top 25 win over No. 11 Virginia has opened some people’s eyes nationally.

In fact, Jeff Capel’s team has made the field of 68 in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s latest NCAA Tournament Bracketology. This morning, Lunardi released his latest projections and has the Panthers slotted as a No. 11 seed. The last time Pitt qualified for the NCAA Tournament was back in 2015-16, which was Jamie Dixon’s last season at Pitt. The Panthers were a No. 10 seed and lost in the first round to Wisconsin, 47-43.

Here are the highlights of what Lunardi wrote this morning:

*No. 11 Pitt taking on No. 6 Marquette with the game taking place in Denver, Colorado.

*Four No. 1 Seeds: Purdue, Arizona, Alabama and Kansas.

*ACC Teams: Virginia (No. 3 seed) Duke (No. 4 seed), Miami (No. 5 seed), North Carolina (No. 6 seed) and Virginia Tech (No. 9 seed).

*Conferences With Most Bids– Big Ten and Big 12 (both with eight): Big Ten (Ohio State No. 6 seed, Illinois No. 10 seed, Rutgers No. 8 seed, Indiana No. 6 seed, Michigan State No. 9 seed, Wisconsin No. 5 seed, Maryland No. 10 seed and Purdue No. 1 seed) Big 12: Oklahoma State No. 11 seed, Kansas No. 1 seed, Iowa State No. 5 seed, Baylor No. 4 seed, West Virginia No. 7 seed, Kansas State No. 4 seed, TCU No. 5 seed and Texas No. 3 seed.

*Last Three In: Utah State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State.

*First Four Out: Penn State, Oklahoma, NC State, Arizona State.

*Next Four Out: LSU, Texas Tech, Northwestern, Central Florida.

Pitt currently sits with a record of 11-4 and tied for first place with Clemson in the ACC with a record of 4-0. Those two teams will square off tomorrow at The Pete in a battle for sole possession of first place.

This will be a key stretch of games for Pitt because after Saturday’s home game, they’ll be on the road for three straight: at Duke, at Georgia Tech and at Louisville.

WATCH: Pitt’s Blake Hinson, Jamarius Burton Preview Clemson Game

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Ed Rose
Ed Rose
11 months ago

They are only ranked with Lunardi because he has them as the automatic qualifier. If they were not in first place then they would still be out of the tournament. That is what the AQ stands for next to their name on the bracket. They have to keep winning. Can’t ask for a better start in league play so far.

Rooster
Rooster
11 months ago
Reply to  Ed Rose

I give the management credit for staying with Jeff Capel. He inherited basically nothing, a bunch of crybabies who transferred out.
Now it’ seems to be paying off.

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