14 March 2011
A few quick and jumbled excerpts about that people are saying about Pitt, the Southeast bracket and the Big East as a whole.
ESPN's Eammon Brennan likes the draw for Pitt:
Which No. 1 seed has the easiest path? That honor probably goes to Pittsburgh. The Panthers don’t have a friendly second-round matchup; Butler and Old Dominion are both well-coached (that one’s for you, Gene!), experienced tournament teams with unique styles and plenty of talent to boot. But after that, Pitt’s high-seeded competitors (Florida, BYU and Wisconsin) all have their share of potentially fatal flaws.
Andy Katz thinks the Elite Eight is the floor for Pitt, but is less confident in them making the Final Four (but picks them there anyway). Pat Forde isn't as impressed, but likes the Panthers to come out of the "Jamie Dixon Backrub Regional." A bit more from Forde:
The Panthers have been the most consistent success story in the Big East, and one of the most consistent in the nation, for many years. Yet they haven't been to a Final Four since World War II. Given Pitt's second No. 1 seed in the past three tourneys, the time is now for Jamie Dixon to break through and finally play on the season's last weekend.
Pete Thamel of the New York Times likes Pitt over Purdue in the Final Four before falling to Ohio State. Andy Gardinar of USA Today breaks down the early matchups and also thinks Old Dominion is going to be a tough second round opponent for Pitt.
The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy has Pitt falling in the Sweet Sixteen to Southeast winner Kansas State.
Locally, Bob Smizek and Ron Cook both generally agree that Pitt got a great draw and have a pretty good chance at getting to the Final Four. Ken Gorman? Not so much. But to be fair, Ken Gorman thinks that this is 2006 and Pitt is relying on defense instead of their #6 offense.
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