Pitt to open NCAA tourney against Colorado
Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (21) shoots as he runs into Virginia’s Anthony Gill (13) during the first half of Saturday’s semifinal game in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon will be directing his team against Colorado Thursday in Orlando.
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) 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 résumé – 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.