ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi has resurfaced on Twitter after being hacked to release his updated bracketology predictions.
Pitt (13-7, 6-3 ACC) slots as a No. 11 seed and the No. 42 team overall in Sunday’s projection. Lunardi placed the Panthers as a No. 9 seed before a seven-point home loss to Florida State. Pitt would play Michigan State (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten) in Denver, Colorado.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) January 23, 2023
The Panthers are on the bubble, according to Lunardi, one of four in the “last four byes” portion and trending downward. In this scenario, Jeff Capel’s team would not have to play a play-in game in Dayton, Ohio to reach the field of 64. Pitt is one of seven ACC teams to make the cut while Wake Forest (next four out) and Virginia Tech (considered) wait in the wings.
Recent rankings have considered Pitt between a No. 9 to No. 11 seed. With 50 days before selection Sunday, NCAA.com reporter Andy Katz also pinned Pitt a No. 11 seed and No. 43 overall.
Pitt plays Wake Forest (14-6, 6-3 ACC) in a critical conference matchup Wednesday night with five teams currently tied for third in the ACC. Miami (15-4, 6-3 ACC), North Carolina (14-6, 6-3 ACC), and Syracuse (13-7, 6-3 ACC) round out the five-way tie while Virginia (15-3, 7-2 ACC) and Clemson (16-4, 8-1 ACC) look to separate from the pack.
The Panthers have not been selected to the tournament since 2016 as a No. 10 seed, losing in the first round 57-43 to Wisconsin under head coach Jamie Dixon.