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Pitt tabbed as rising No. 7 seed in latest ESPN NCAA Tournament Bracket

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Granted, this was released before the Cincinnati game so Pitt would likely fall a little bit, but according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi, Pitt is a rising No. 7 seed in his latest NCAA bracket projections that came out a few days ago.

Even with the loss, Pitt would likely still be an NCAA Tournament team if the postseason started today. On the cusp of the top 25, with a 10-1 record, this is still a decent team. We might not know how good the Panthers are, but not reaching the NCAAs at the end of the season would be a pretty big surprise.

Lunardi's four No. 1 seeds right now are Syracuse, Louisville, Arizona, and Ohio State. The ACC is currently tied with the B1G in his projections with seven teams in the field - Pitt, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida State. The Panthers are the fourth rated team in the conference according to Lunardi's rankings, slotted with higher seeds than Maryland, Virginia, and Florida State.

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