Pitt men’s basketball has been examined in Bracketology discussions for the past few weeks, sitting tied for second place in the ACC through eight games.
Pitt (13-6, 6-2 ACC) remains deadlocked in a four-way tie with Miami, Virginia, and Wake Forest as the heart of conference play rolls along. The Panthers are one game out of first place behind Clemson (15-4, 7-1 ACC), who Pitt lost to by one at home, 75-74, on Jan. 7.
CBS Sports college basketball expert Jerry Palm placed the Panthers as a No. 10 seed in his latest tournament projections. Pitt, nominated in the East division, would play No. 7 Illinois out of the Big Ten in Denver. The advancing team would face the winner of No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Longwood.
ESPN expert Joe Lunardi is a tad higher on the Panthers’ tournament chances. Lunardi slotted Pitt as a No. 9 seed in the East against No. 8 San Diego State. The winner would move on to potentially battle No. 1 seed Kansas.
Pitt still has 12 games to play including seven matchups inside the Petersen Events Center, two against Wake Forest and Miami plus a rematch facing North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The ACC Tournament begins Tuesday, March 7, from Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Panthers last appeared in March Madness as a No. 10 seed in 2016 under Jamie Dixon, losing 47-43 to Wisconsin