Will Pitt make the NCAA Tournament

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The Pitt Panthers currently sit at 13-6 and 3-3 in the ACC. Their RPI is 69 which would suggest that they are going to be on the outside looking in at the NCAA tournament. Their best win was against Kansas State who has an unimpressive RPI of 89. The Panthers have 13 games remaining on their schedule. Here is a look at the remaining games with the teams RPI in parentheses.

Louisville (29)

@ VT (224)

ND (39)

Bryant (180)

Syracuse (63)

@ Louisville (29)

UNC (11)

@ Virginia (3)

@ Syracuse (63)

BC (134)

@Wake (139)

Miami (50)

@ FSU (136)

Pitt should beat Bryant, Boston College, Virginia Tech,  Wake Forrest, and Florida State. That would give the Panthers 18 wins overall and 7 wins in the ACC. They will need to have at least 20 wins and 9 or 10 wins in the ACC to be considered for the tournament. The games that loom largest for Pitt is the two games against Syracuse and the game at Miami. They likely need to win all three games. It would be beneficial to Pitt to upset Louisville, Virginia, UNC, or Notre Dame. They have 5 games against these teams and winning one or two would go a long way to getting the Panthers into the tournament.

Pitt has not played well this year and may not have enough to get into the tournament. However, they are not in a bad position going down the stretch. They will have chances to pull of an upset or two and have other very winnable games. My prediction is 20-12 9-9 in the ACC and Pitt fans sweating it out on Selection Sunday,

 

 

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