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Big East seeding scenarios

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).

Comments

  1. jeff shaffer says:

    i just want to thank jamie D and the whole team for making my winter so much more enjoyable . Just as easy they could of mailed it in and been 12 and 12 and no need to look forward waiting for the games. thanks so much, they can beat any team any time. of course they can lose to any team any time , that is why i watch. Wow i can’t wait till next year!! THANKS AGAIN

  2. Quartz says:

    What a terrific surprise this year. Makes you wonder what PSU fans do all Winter???

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