Pitt Basketball: Maui Invitational Will Challenge Panthers
The Panthers will take on hosts Chaminade in the first round, but the remainder of the teams heading to Hawaii could show everyone just to what to expect from the likes of Cameron Wright, James Robinson and transfer Sheldon Jeter.
The Arizona Wildcats highlight the field and should be a top-five team come that time of the season. Brandon Ashley is back and healthy. He will be an absolute force of nature for any team that takes on the Cats. Ashley was injured last season and averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. He will be the focus on offense and could up his numbers as the leader on the team.
Pitt could play BYU or San Diego State in the second round. Tyler Haws (23.8 PPG) was BYU’s leading scorer last season and is one of the premier scorers in all of NCAA basketball. The Cougars will find it difficult to get around the always-tough Aztecs. Coach Steve Fisher has an excellent recruiting class, and the team may be the second-most talented group heading out to the islands.
Pittsburgh may face SDSU in the semis, and if they find a way to get around the Aztecs, the potential of playing Arizona is there. With these matchups on the horizon, coach Jamie Dixon will definitely see what kind of squad he has before December rolls around.