March 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh is one of just 13 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to win a bowl game and receive an invitation to play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament during the 2013-14 academic year.
There were 123 total institutions that competed on the FBS level in 2013-14. Only 10.5% of the membership can claim this accomplishment in football and men's basketball.
In addition to Pitt, the other schools to win a bowl and earn a berth in the Men's NCAA Tournament are Arizona (Pac-12), Kansas State (Big 12), Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt), Louisville (AAC), Michigan State (Big Ten), Nebraska (Big Ten), North Carolina (ACC), Oklahoma (Big 12), Oregon (Pac-12), San Diego State (Mountain West), Syracuse (ACC) and UCLA (Pac-12).
The ACC and Pac-12 lead the group with three schools each. Louisville, which competes in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) this year, will be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2014-15 season.
The Pitt men’s basketball team enters the NCAA Tournament with a 25-9 record and will play Colorado (23-11) on Thursday, March 20, at the Amway Center in Orlando. Tipoff is at 1:40 p.m. on TBS.
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