RESULTS| STATS| HISTORY | MESSAGE BOARD | PITTSBURGH INSIDER
RECORD: - REGION: East Rutherford SEED: 3|
COACH: Jamie Dixon CONFERENCE: ACC
Road to the Final Four ...................................................................................
|REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS
TO THIS POINT
How They Got Here: At-Large Bid
A pair of hardly imposing wins sent Pittsburgh to the Sweet 16 for the
third straight year. In the Panthers' first-round game in Milwaukee, the Panthers shot an anemic 29.5 percent and turned the ball over nine times in the first half. Had No. 14 seed Central Florida mounted any kind of offensive charge of its own, it would
have owned the first round's biggest upset. Instead, Pittsburgh hung on
for an underwhelming victory.
The Panthers then met sixth-seeded Wisconsin in a second-round game that
was on a neutral court in name only. Playing in front of a largely
pro-Badger crowd just 75 miles from UW's campus, Pitt gutted out another
defensive struggle. Carl Krauser led Pittsburgh with 16 points and
Julius Page added 12, but the real difference was the Panthers' ability to
make clutch plays when the game was on the line.
Pitt will face a No. 2 Oklahoma State squad that has had very little trouble on its road to East Rutherford. If the Panthers' offensive woes continue, they'll be looking at a trip back to the Steel City Friday.
The Panthers entered the Dance off a one-point Big East title game loss to Connecticut -- the third straight year the teams battle for the conference crown. Pitt may have earned a No. 1 seed with a victory, sharing the regular season title with UConn after winning its first 18 games of the season -- a streak broken by the Huskies. Pitt split with Syracuse, beat Boston College three times and also won at Providence.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Carl Krauser | G | Sophomore
If you want an example of the qualites that define the Panthers, take a look at Carl Krauser. The tough point guard contributes in every phase of the game from scoring to assists to rebounding to defense. Krauser is creative, has good range, excellent court awareness and will pick your pocket on defense.