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Pitt's No. 1 seed suddenly in jeopardy

Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 4:57 pm
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Kemba Walker put Connecticut in the Big East tournament semifinals.

He might've also knocked Pittsburgh down to a No. 2 seed in next week's NCAA tournament.

As they say, we shall see. But Pittsburgh fans would be wise to spend the rest of the week rooting against Notre Dame, Duke and maybe even BYU, San Diego State and North Carolina, because if any of those schools win their league tournaments, they could earn one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament that's long been reserved for Jamie Dixon's team. That's the byproduct of Pitt's 76-74 last-second loss to Connecticut on Thursday in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Suddenly, the Panthers no longer control their own destiny. They're instead just one of several teams hoping to get one of the two No. 1 seeds that Ohio State and Kansas haven't already essentially clinched.

Yesterday, Pitt was a safe bet to do exactly that.

But Kemba Walker put things in doubt.

And now the Panthers probably need Notre Dame, Duke and a few others to exit early, too.

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Category: NCAAB
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Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Pitt's No. 1 seed suddenly in jeopardy

Here is the latest bubble watch heading into the final weekend... 



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:27 am
 

Kansas ain't a #1 seed yet either

If Kansas loses to Colorado today (and they almost choked against Oklahoma State today) that would be a far worse loss than Pitt losing to UConn would be. And while Pitt has beaten lots of top Big East teams, who has Kansas beaten? The only other top level team in the Big 12 is Texas and Kansas choked to them at home. The best team that Kansas beat in conference? Would that be a Kansas State team that lost to Colorado THREE times or a Texas A&M team that lost twice to Baylor? Best non conference win? Arizona?

If Ohio State loses to Northwestern, that would be worse than losing to Colorado but Ohio State beat Purdue and Wisconsin this year and lost to no one but them. Their profile coming in was stronger than Kansas's is.

Kansas is the most overrated team in basketball this year. I would put Notre Dame, Duke or North Carolina, and BYU over Kansas if all three win their conference tournaments and Kansas doesn't. As for Kansas vs. Pitt, Kansas would lose seven or eight games in the Big East. In the Big Ten, Kansas would guaranteed lose at Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin and probably also lose one or two games at middle of the pack teams. And if they had to play at Texas A&M, they would have lost too.



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Pitt's No. 1 seed suddenly in jeopardy

I don't know that it would be fair to punish Pitt for losing on a buzzer-beater by a first round NBA draft pick on a top 20 team.  That UConn team is better than anyone BYU, San Diego St., UNC, and Duke will play before the finals of their respective tournaments and far better than the Cincinatti team playing Notre Dame tonight.  Aside from that, their overall body of work is still better than every comparable team aside from Notre Dame.   However, if it comes down to the choice between a #1 seed in the west or a #2 seed in the east, it would be better if Pitt drops to a 2 seed.  In the end, losing this game isn't all bad.  The 2009 team lost in the first round too and made it to the Elite Eight.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Pitt's No. 1 seed suddenly in jeopardy

No idea why Duke is even in the discussion?  Got beat by several unranked teams and killed by North Carolina.  Pitt losing on a last second shot doesn't change that.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Pitt's No. 1 seed suddenly in jeopardy

Are you an Ohio State Graduate too?


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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:34 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:32 pm
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Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Come on now

Last year Syracuse lost in the first round of the BE Tourney (to Georgetown) and still got a #1 seed.



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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:31 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:30 pm
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