Feb 18, 2013: Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon reacts after a missed basket against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half at Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Pugliese-USA TODAY Sports

Printable 2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Pitt draws No. 8 seed, Wichita State

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.

Mar 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers forward Durand Johnson (5), forward Talib Zanna (42), guard Tray Woodall (1) and center Steven Adams (13) walk off the court against the Syracuse Orange during the second half of a quarterfinal game during the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse won 62-59. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Here is your full printable NCAA Tournament bracket and check back often to  City of Champions Sports for March Madness updates.

Follow City of Champions Sports on Twitter and Facebook

Follow Matt Shetler on Twitter and Facebook

Tags: 2013 NCAA Tournament Pittsburgh Panthers Basketball

comments powered by Disqus