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With two games to play, Pitt (22-7, 11-5) will be seeded anywhere from second to sixth in the Big East Tournament.
The Panthers’ fate will be determined this week, as they close out the regular-season at home against two Big East bottom-feeders — 15th-place Providence (12-16, 4-12) on Thursday and 13th-place Rutgers (15-14, 5-11) on Saturday.
With one more win, the Panthers will assure themselves of a top-four seed and a double-bye into Thursday’s quarterfinals.
“It’s one of our goals,” forward Nasir Robinson said after Pitt’s 71-64 victory over St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. “We’re just trying to come out to win it. Wherever we are seeded in the Big East Tournament — fourth, fifth, third, whatever — that would be nice. We’re just trying to finish up.”
With two victories, Pitt will descend on the Garden as no worse than a No. 3 seed. The Panthers could finish as high as No. 2 with a pair of victories combined with a Villanova loss. Villanova (23-5, 12-4), which has dropped three of its past four games, plays at Cincinnati and hosts West Virginia to close the regular season.
Pitt is tied with West Virginia (22-6, 11-5) for third place and holds the tiebreaker edge over the Mountaineers based on its victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse.
The 16-team Big East Tournament begins Tuesday, March 9 at Madison Square Garden with first-round games between teams seeded Nos. 9-16. Those four survivors will play the Nos. 5-8 seeds on Wednesday.
This is the second season with double-byes for the top four seeds. Last season, Pitt lost its opener, 74-60, to West Virginia as the No. 2 seed.
Regardless of what happens down the stretch, Pitt remains a virtual lock to reach the NCAA Tournament for the ninth year in a row. Of the 90 teams in Big East history to win at least 11 conference games in a season, only two failed to reach the NCAA Tournament (West Virginia in 1997 and Villanova in 1992).

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