Pitt to open NCAA tourney against Colorado

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A strong showing in its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament helped Pittsburgh earn a high seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Panthers (25-9) received the No. 9 seed in the South Region and will open tournament play against No. 8 seed Colorado (23-11) on Thursday in Orlando.

The winner will most likely face top overall seed Florida in the third round.

Pitt – which had no bad losses on its resume – boosted its tournament credentials by knocking off 14th-ranked North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals and lost by three to eventual champion Virginia in the semifinals.

Colorado, which lost to Arizona in the Pac-12 semifinals, is headed to the NCAA tournament for the third straight year – the first time the Buffaloes have done that.

Panthers Roster

Coach: Jamie Dixon

Pos Ht Wt Yr Hometown
0 James Robinson G 6-3 200 So Mitchellville, Md.
1 Jamel Artis F 6-7 230 Fr Baltimore
2 Michael Young F 6-8 245 Fr Duquesne, Pa.
3 Cameron Wright G 6-4 205 Jr Cleveland
5 Durand Johnson F 6-6 205 So Baltimore
11 Derrick Randall F 6-9 240 Jr Brooklyn, N.Y.
12 Chris Jones G/F 6-6 213 Fr Teaneck, N.J.
13 Josh Newkirk G 6-1 185 Fr Raleigh, N.C.
15 Aron Nwankwo F 6-7˝ 215 Jr Baltimore
21 Lamar Patterson G/F 6-5 225 Sr Lancaster, Pa.
22 Joshua Ko G 6-1 150 Fr Kailua, Hawaii
24 Mike Lecak G 6-2 175 So Pittsburgh
42 Talib Zanna F 6-9 230 Sr Kaduna, Nigeria
50 Joseph Uchebo C 6-10 260 So Enugu, Nigeria

 

Pittsburgh Tournament History (23-25)

Henry Carlson

1941 – beat North Carolina 26-20; lost to Wisconsin 36-30.

Bob Timmons

1957 – beat Morehead State 86-85; lost to Kentucky 98-92; lost to Notre Dame 86-85.

1958 – lost to Miami (Ohio) 82-77.

1963 – lost to NYU 93-83.

Buzz Ridl

1974 – beat Saint Joseph’s 54-42; beat Furman 81-78; lost to N.C. State 100-72.

Roy Chipman

1981 – beat Idaho 70-69, OT; lost to North Carolina 74-57.

1982 – lost to Pepperdine 99-88.

1985 – lost to Louisiana Tech 78-54.

Paul Evans

1987 – beat Marist 93-68; lost to Oklahoma 96-93.

1988 – beat Eastern Michigan 108-90; lost to Vanderbilt 80-74, OT.

1989 – lost to Ball State 68-64.

1991 – beat Georgia 76-68, OT; lost to Kansas 77-66.

1993 – lost to Utah 86-85.

Ben Howland

2002 – beat Central Connecticut State 71-54; beat California 63-50; lost to Kent State 78-73, OT.

2003 – beat Wagner 87-61; beat Indiana 74-52; lost to Marquette 77-74.

Jamie Dixon

2004 – beat UCF 53-44; beat Wisconsin 59-55; lost to Oklahoma State 63-51.

2005 – lost to Pacific 79-71.

2006 – beat Kent State 79-64; lost to Bradley 72-66.

2007 – beat Wright State 79-58; beat Virginia Commonwealth 84-79, OT; lost to UCLA 64-55.

2008 – beat Oral Roberts 82-63; lost to Michigan State 65-54.

2009 – beat ETSU 72-62; beat Oklahoma State 84-76; beat Xavier 60-55; lost to Villanova 78-76.

2010 – beat Oakland, Mich. 89-66; lost to Xavier 71-68.

2011 – beat UNC Asheville 74-51; lost to Butler 71-70.

2013 – lost to Wichita State 73-55.

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