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Pitt Adds Two Quad 1A Wins with Northwestern, NC State NET Improvement



The Pitt Panthers tournament resume improved significantly entering the ACC Tournament, without playing a single game. 

Pitt (21-10, 14-6 ACC) picked up two Quad 1A road wins this week as Northwestern (No. 38) and NC State (No. 40) moved into the NET Top 40. The Panthers defeated Northwestern 87-58 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28 and took down the Wolfpack 68-60 the following game to open ACC play. 

A Quad 1 victory is categorized as a home victory against a team ranked 1-30, neutral 1-50, or road 1-75. Quad 1A wins road wins are 1-40. The Panthers rank No. 57 in the NET, one spot below Penn State (No. 56). Duke (No. 25) is the highest rated ACC team.

CBS Sports college basketball expert Jon Rothstein included the Panthers Tuesday morning as one of five ACC locks to make the NCAA Tournament. Rothstein projects Miami, Virginia, Duke, NC State, and Pitt as teams securing a bid in the Field of 68 while the North Carolina Tar Heels and Clemson Tigers have some work to do on the bubble.

The Panthers received a plethora of hardware Monday night as Jeff Capel was named ACC Coach of the Year, Nike Sibande Sixth Man of the Year along with Jamarius Burton and Blake Hinson selected to All-ACC Teams. No. 5 Pitt faces the winner of No. 12 Florida State-No. 13 Georgia Tech Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the second round of the ACC Tournament. 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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