Impact of Pitt's losses to Marquette and Notre Dame? Not much according to latest ESPN Bracket.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

A few days ago, I speculated on Pitt's seed if they dropped the Notre Dame game. As of ESPN's last bracket, the Panthers were a No. 5 seed. But that was before losses to Marquette and the Irish.

My guess was that the Panthers would drop to a No. 6 seed and that's exactly where they landed in the latest version of Bracketology that came out on Tuesday.

Ever since Pitt lost two straight games, there's been utter panic in the streets. Pitt fans are often not all that rational to begin with, but even I was surprised at the amount of concern showed after Pitt blew a lead to Notre Dame at home. The fact is that Pitt's two losses were both to ranked teams and just don't hurt the team all that much. The Marquette game, on the road, really didn't knock Pitt down. The Notre Dame game looked bad because of the lead Pitt had, but at the end of the day, it's still just a loss to a ranked team.

I'm not here to tell you that you can't be disappointed by the losses, but they shouldn't be causing nearly the amount of panic that's been out there.

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