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Pitt vs. Virginia Tech Preview and Open Gamethread

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The number of games that look winnable on Pitt's basketball schedule is shrinking. Today, however, the Panthers get one of those games as they host Virginia Tech.

Pitt really needs today's game, folks. Maybe not in terms of NCAA Tournament elimination but with so many difficult games left, the Panthers need to grab the winnable games. After today, Pitt faces three consecutive ranked opponents in Virginia, Miami, and North Carolina (the latter two on the road). Also up later this year are dates with ranked Louisville and Duke teams, and five of the Panthers' nine remaining games are against Top 25 opponents.

Virginia Tech may not be a pushover but it's a game the Panthers really should win - especially at home. The Hokies are only 12-9 on the year and while they have a big win over Virginia, they've looked bad at times. There was a season-opening loss to Alabama State. A loss to Northwestern. 20-point blowout losses to Iowa State, West Virginia, Duke. A 17-point loss to St. Joe's. They've kept things closer lately nearly pulling off some big upsets, but overall, they've struggled this season. You'd like to think that Pitt shows up for this one and rebounds after a poor outing against Clemson last week. If not, there will (and should) be serious talks about if this is an NCAA Tournament team.

JD is at the game for us today and he'll have the game recap after the press conference. Be sure to join us to comment live during the game then check back for his post-game analysis.

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