Jamie Dixon and the Pitt basketball team had to wait a while during the Selection Sunday broadcast to find out where they would be going and who they would be playing, but eventually the Panthers got the not-so-good news.
Pitt, projected by almost everyone to be no lower than a No. 6 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, ended up being only a No. 8 seed with a tough second round matchup against No. 9 seeded Wichita State to begin the tournament.
To make matters worse, the Panthers end up getting sent out west.
However things aren’t so bad for the Panthers, as the west appears to be the weakest of the four brackets at first glance.
First up is the Shockers, who finished the year 26-8 out of the Missouri Valley Conference.
If they find a way to get past the Shockers, Pitt likely will face No. 1 seed Gonzaga, who has lost only two games all season. But the Panthers physical style of play could give them an advantage against the Zags.
After that, the region is filled with potential beatable teams in Wisconsin, Kansas State, New Mexico, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Pitt will open up on Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a potential Saturday game in the same location. Tip-off times have yet to be announced.
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