2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Pittsburgh Panthers

By Trevor Lowry

Record: 25-9

Region: No. 9 in the South

RPI: 38

BPI: 14

Conference: ACC

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth


If it wasn’t for one measly point –maybe two depending on how you look at it– the Pittsburgh Panthers would have been undefeated in non-conference play. They lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats by one.

As good as the Panthers were in their non-conference schedule, they could not manage a single win over the top four teams in the ACC. They came very close, but close doesn’t put quality wins on the resume. Still, playing teams like North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia will benefit them in the tourney.

Pittsburgh did beat the Tar Heels in the ACC tournament, though.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Lamar Patterson (17.7 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Talib Zanna (8.8 rpg)

Leading Passer: Lamar Patterson (4.4 apg)

Bad Losses: None  

Good Wins: North Carolina


Pittsburgh didn’t have the most impressive resume in college hoops, but it also didn’t have any bad losses. That will earn a team a bid almost every time when it plays in a conference like the ACC.

Lamar Patterson. He is the key to the Panthers’ success in the NCAA tournament. Patterson is without a doubt the best player on the team.

Pittsburgh may not have the best wins, but it was challenged many times and that could help out a lot in the dance. Being tournament tested during the regular season is key. However, it will be interesting to see if this team can get hot in the NCAA tourney.

The Pittsburgh Panthers are dancing!


Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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