The Pittsburgh Panthers are tied with two other teams for the all important fourth seed in the Big East tournament (fourth means a double-bye). Both the Syracuse Orange and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on extremely good teams (Syracuse facing the Georgetown Hoyas and Notre Dame facing the Louisville Cardinals), setting up the perfect opportunity to take fourth.
Pittsburgh consistently defeated the best Big East teams throughout the season with a win by 28 over Georgetown and 10 over Syracuse. The Panthers have had an incredible and unexpected run in the Big East this season, and it is expected to continue.
The Panthers take on the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday, March 9th while the other teams in the tie take on the tougher opposition. The Blue Demons are 11-19 on the season and 2-15 in Big East, the Panthers should win this game easily with minimal effort. DePaul is the worst team in the Big East, and both wins were against other bad teams. The Blue Demons should lose by double digits and set Pittsburgh up for a good Big East regular season finish.
Pittsburgh will win their final regular season game to go into the Big East tournament on a four game winning streak. The Panthers will have all the momentum if they secure the fourth spot and the double-bye and should be expected to at least make the conference semi-finals. The Panthers are the type of team that can finish the season strong and make a surprising run deep into the NCAA tournament.