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The Week Ahead: Time to refocus

Pitt will look to rebound with two more conference games coming up.

Lamar Patterson will be licking his chops with two games that Pitt should win this week.
Lamar Patterson will be licking his chops with two games that Pitt should win this week.
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This past week was not easy for Panther fans, but there is no rest for the weary in the ACC and they have to look to rebound quickly. Pitt will have a chance to get right back into the ACC title race with two games that look to be theirs for the taking if they want it and play up to their capabilities.

Pitt will first travel down to South Florida to take on the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The game will be on ESPN3, meaning you can check your local listings or turn on your computer to view the game. This is a must-win game for Pitt as they have dropped two in a row, and a game against a team from the bottom of the conference is one Pitt really should win. The Canes come into the game with a 11-10 record and are only 2-6 in the league.

From there, Pitt will travel back to Oakland to face a team even worse than Miami. Virginia Tech will visit The Pete on Saturday at noon. The game again will be on ESPN3, so get that computer back out or look at your local listings to see if the game in your area. The Hokies are 8-13 currently and have only one conference win as of right now. They will visit The Zoo after traveling to Florida State on Wednesday night.

You hate to sound arrogant, but these are two games that Pitt must win if they want to position themselves with a nice seed in the ACC tourney and cement their standing for an NCAA tournament berth. These are two teams that the Panthers need to beat and not take lightly. Let's hope that Pitt can come into their game against Syracuse on a roll with two wins this week.

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