So, with the brackets 20 hours away, is Pitt safe at No. 1 seed? Yes. A check of 85 different mock brackets, 75 of the 85 have the Panthers on the top line.
Duke seems to be the only possible culprit. Nolan Smith is back, and the Duke-UNC winner is the only team with chance of keeping Pitt from its second No. 1 seed in three years — and they would have to do it emphatically. Unless it’s a blowout Duke victory, Pitt should be a top seed. And the committee certainly noticed that North Carolina needed another ridiculous double-digit second half comeback to beat Clemson.