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Men's Basketball Earns No. 9 Seed, Faces Colorado on Thursday




March 16, 2014

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PITTSBURGH - An at-large selection, the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team will enter the 2014 NCAA Championship as a No. 9 seed in the South Region. The Panthers (25-9, 11-7 ACC) will play No. 8 seed Colorado (23-11, 10-8 Pac-12) in a Second Round matchup on Thursday, March 20, at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Tipoff is at 1:40 p.m. on TBS. All NCAA Tournament games will be televised nationally on one of the following networks: CBS, TNT, TBS or truTV.

The Pitt-Colorado winner will advance to the NCAA Third Round to face the winner of No. 1 seed Florida (32-2, 18-0 SEC) and the No. 16 seed First Round winner of the Albany (18-14, 9-7 America East) against Mount St. Mary’s (16-16, 9-7 NEC) matchup, scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET. The Third Round contest is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 in Orlando.

Pitt (25-9, 11-7 ACC) is appearing in its 12th NCAA Tournament in the last 13 seasons. The Panthers previously earned berths in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Before this run, Pitt’s longest NCAA Tournament appearance streak was three-straight from 1987-89. Additionally, Jamie Dixon has guided the Panthers to NCAA Championship appearances in 10 of his 11 seasons as head coach.

Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons (2002-14). Those schools include: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.

Since 2002, Pitt has advanced to five NCAA Regional Semifinals with one Elite Eight performance. Pitt is one of 15 schools nationwide to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen at least five times since 2002: Duke-9, Kansas-9, Michigan State-7, Connecticut-6, North Carolina-6, Syracuse-6, Arizona-6, Texas-5, Pitt-5, Wisconsin-5, Kentucky-5, Xavier-5, Florida-5, Louisville-5, Ohio State-5.

Pitt, which has won 15 of its last 26 NCAA Tournament games, is making its 25th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance. Pitt is 23-25 all-time in 48 NCAA Tournament games.

Pitt’s first opponent in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Colorado Buffaloes, finished tied for third in the Pac-12 regular season standings after posting a 10-8 conference record. In the Pac-12 Conference Tournament, Colorado beat Southern California (59-56) and then California (59-56) before losing to Arizona in the semifinals, 63-43.

The Panthers have only faced the Buffaloes once in school history: a 25-23 Pitt victory in Colorado on Dec. 26, 1931.

Colorado features three active players averaging double figures in scoring: sophomore forward Josh Scott (14.1 ppg.), junior guard Askia Booker (14.0 ppg.) and sophomore forward Xavier Johnson (12.0 ppg.). The team’s leading scorer, Spencer Dinwiddie (14.7 ppg.), was ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL at Washington in late January.

 

PITT'S 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

SECOND AND THIRD ROUNDS: Thursday, March 20 and Saturday, March 22 (Orlando, Fla./Amway Center)

Thursday, March 20, 2014
No. 9 seed Pitt (25-9) vs. No. 8 seed Colorado (23-11), 1:40 p.m. ET (TBS).

No. 1 seed Florida (32-2) vs. No. 16 seed Albany (18-14)/Mount St. Mary’s (16-16), 4:10 p.m. ET (TBS).

Saturday, March 22, 2013
Pitt-Colorado winner vs. Florida-Albany/Mount St. Mary’s winner, Time: TBA (TV listing is TBA).


PITT'S 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

*Pitt earns a No. 9 seed for the third time in program history. Pitt was also a No. 9 seed in both 1993 and 2005.

*Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th time in the last 13 years. Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally and one of only two ACC programs to advance to 12 of the last 13 NCAA Tournaments. Those programs include Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.

*The Panthers are making the program’s 25th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and for the 10th time in 11 years under Head Coach Jamie Dixon.

*Pitt has advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen in five of the last 13 seasons: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009. Only seven programs nationally (Duke-9, Kansas-9, Michigan State-7, Connecticut-6, North Carolina-6, Syracuse-6, Arizona-6) have bested that record and six others have matched it.

*In its previous 24 NCAA Tournament appearances and 48 games, Pitt owns a 23-25 all-time record in the tourney. It is 13-11 in its last 24 games. As Pitt’s head coach, Jamie Dixon owns an 11-9 NCAA Tournament record in his previous nine appearances.

*Pitt enters the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection with a 25-9 overall and 11-7 ACC record. Pitt won 20-plus games for a school record 13th straight season and 21st time in school history. The Panthers also won 10-plus league games for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.

*Jamie Dixon has now guided Pitt to 10 NCAA Tournaments in his 11 years as head coach at Pitt. That is the most appearances for a head coach in school history. Paul Evans took five Pitt teams to the NCAA Tournament from 1986-94. Dixon has also coached in a school-best 20 NCAA Tournament games.

*Pitt is one of only two ACC schools to surpass the 20-win and 10-win Big East regular season totals in 12 of the past 13 seasons. Pitt currently ranks second only to Duke with the ACC’s top records for league play (152-70) and overall games (344-105) over the last 13 years.

 

PITT’S HISTORY OF NCAA TOURNAMENT SEEDS

Note: Seeds were not used in Pitt’s first five NCAA Tournament appearances in 1941, 1957, 1958, 1963 and 1974.

Year

Seed

Site

1981

10

El Paso, Texas

1982

10

Pullman, Wash.

1985

12

Tulsa, Okla.

1987

3

Tucson, Ariz.

1988

2

Lincoln, Neb.

1989

8

Indianapolis, Ind.

1991

6

Louisville, Ky.

1993

9

Nashville, Tenn.

2002

3

Pittsburgh, Pa.

2003

2

Boston, Mass.

2004

3

Milwaukee, Wis.

2005

9

Boise, Idaho

2006

5

Auburn Hills, Mich.

2007

3

Buffalo, N.Y.

2008

4

Denver, Colo.

2009

1

Dayton, Ohio

2010

3

Milwaukee, Wis.

2011

1

Washington, D.C.

2013

8

Salt Lake City, Utah

2014

9

Orlando, Fla.

 

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