Well, after an early exit in the Big East Tournament, Pitt's body of work was still strong enough to pick up a No. 1 seed. And not only were the Panthers a top seed, they were the No. 3 overall seed, so it really wasn't all that close. Duke landed the fourth No. 1 seed, meaning Notre Dame was left out.
Gotta say that I really expected Pitt to be a No. 2 seed. I didn't think a top seed was out of the realm of possibility, but Notre Dame beat Pitt head to head, had the same record, and a better RPI.
And because Pitt was the third No. 1, they got the benefit of playing in the southeast instead of being shipped out West as Duke was. I mentioned this earlier, but Pitt probably caught a break by not having to go all the way out West. Sure, the best break you can get is playing weaker teams, but staying in the East should help a little.