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Tipoff Time Set For Pitt/Xavier Spherical of 32 Sport



The Pitt/Xavier Spherical of 32 matchup will kick issues off Sunday on CBS.

No. 11 Pitt (24-11) and No. 3 Xavier (26-9) may have a tipoff time of 12:10 pm on the Greensboro Coliseum and the sport might be televised on CBS.

Wins over Mississippi State and Iowa State mark the primary time since 2009 that Pitt has received 2 video games within the NCAA event.

Following first spherical motion on Thursday and Friday, Pitt is one among 5 double-digit seeds within the Spherical of 32.

Pitt (11 seed)
Penn State (10 seed)
Furman (13 seed)
Princeton (15 seed)
Fairleigh Dickinson (16 seed)

Jeff Capel and his gamers will meet with the media beginning at 2:20 PM from Greensboro. PSN’s George Michalowski and Austin Bechtold may have protection all day on Pittsburgh Sports activities Now.


Previewing the Spherical of 32 as Fairleigh Dickinson, Princeton, Pitt Transfer On



One of many greater speaking factors heading into this 2023 NCAA Males’s Basketball Event is the parity that exists in school basketball due influence of the switch portal.

Due to this parity, the match is really vast open and in contrast to previously, there have been only a few dominant groups this season. Extra groups have a authentic probability to win all of it.

That line of pondering seems to be correct because it was a loopy opening spherical of video games, with many surprises and extra importantly, many tightly contested contests.

Because the Spherical of 32 motion opens up at present at Midday, we go contained in the numbers with groups which are left and have a look at different fascinating information.

All through the 2022-23 season, it’s been extensively acknowledged that the Large 12 was far and away the perfect convention in basketball this season.

Right here’s a have a look at remaining groups left for Energy 6 conferences, because the Pac 12 had a tough first spherical.

SEC (6): Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas
Large 10 (6): Penn State, Northwestern, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Indiana
Large 12 (5): Kansas, Texas, Kansas State, Baylor, TCU
ACC (3):  Duke, Pitt, Miami, Fla.,
Large East (3):  Xavier, UConn, Marquette
Pac 12 (1): UCLA

**Fairleigh Dickinson was the unquestioned prime storyline of the opening spherical because it pulled off arguably the largest upset within the match historical past. Not solely did it should play within the First 4 video games, however not like UMBC, the one different No. 16 seed to win a match recreation, Fairleigh Dickinson didn’t win the NEC Convention Event. They solely certified match as a result of Merrimack, who beat FDU within the championship recreation, wasn’t eligible to play within the match.

1 Kansas, Houston, Alabama
2 Texas, UCLA, Marquette
3 Xavier, Kansas State, Baylor, Gonzaga
4 Tennessee, UConn, Indiana
5 San Diego State, Duke, Saint Mary’s, Miami
6 Kentucky, Creighton, TCU
7 Missouri, Northwestern, Michigan State
8 Arkansas, Maryland
9 Auburn, Florida Atlantic
10 Penn State
11 Pitt
12 (none)
13: Furman
14 (none)
15 Princeton
16 Fairleigh Dickinson

**A few notes relating to the seeding, it was very uncommon that we didn’t have a kind of well-known No. 12 vs. No. 5 upsets. All No. 5 seeds have superior into this weekend’s motion. Additionally, Pitt was certainly one of 5 double-digit seeds to advance, which may be very uncommon.

Penn State 10
Furman 13
Princeton 15
Fairleigh Dickinson 16

Kevin Willard, Maryland
Sean Miller, Xavier
Dennis Gates, Missouri
Jerome Tang, Kansas State
Tobin Anderson, Fairleigh Dickinson

So as to really have a terrific match, thrilling and aggressive video games are wanted. Luckily for the viewers and probably tv scores, the match has supplied that this far. Of the 36 video games performed, 18 of them have been determined by 10 factors or much less.

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Jeff Capel Praises Defensive Efficiency, 22-2 Begin in 18-Level Victory



GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Panthers are nonetheless dancing. Pitt defeated Iowa State 59-41 Friday afternoon within the First Spherical of the NCAA Event and can battle former Pitt guard and Xavier head coach Sean Miller on Sunday. 

The Panthers held Iowa State to its lowest level complete within the NCAA Event since a 40-31 loss to Utah in 1944. 

“Unbelievably pleased with my group. What an unbelievable defensive efficiency,” Capel mentioned. “I mentioned to those guys within the locker room, we had been a extremely good defensive group for almost all of the yr aside from the final month of the season, and we’ve actually dialed again in these previous two video games and performed at an elite stage. Actually, actually pleased with them.”

Pitt started the sport on a 22-2 run, forward by 20 factors and never permitting Iowa State to make a discipline purpose till ten minutes into play, the Panthers highway their sizzling begin to an 18-point win. 

“We received off to an unbelievable begin,” Capel mentioned. “We withstood a run from them. We got here again from halftime and received organized, received out offense organized once more, and we did a extremely good job of attacking them. However the principle factor the entire time was our protection.”

Federiko Federiko returned to the court docket after not taking part in in Dayton in opposition to Mississippi State on Tuesday as a consequence of a knee damage, described on the truTV broadcast as an MCL sprain. He offered 11 minutes off the bench in his first-ever Event look.

“The minutes that Federiko gave us had been enormous,” Capel mentioned. “To have the ability to get him again and, primary, for him to expertise this, to expertise March Insanity after which to come back in and play properly, to attain within the first half, to dam a shot late within the sport. The minutes that he gave us in and the vitality he performed with was superior.”

Guillermo Diaz Graham as soon as once more stepped into the beginning 5 and offered a strong efficiency. In 25 minutes, Guillermo scored 9 factors and grabbed eight rebounds. He additionally totaled three blocks. Probably the most memorable performs got here on a go from Jorge to Guillermo to assist Pitt put the sport out of attain.

“One of many largest performs and one of many coolest performs was to look at these two guys make the go to one another and see how excited they had been afterwards,” Capel mentioned. “For Jorge to come back in and play in addition to he did down the stretch for us, it was actually massive.”

Pitt faces the Xavier Musketeers Sunday at a time but to be decided. Sean Miller performed for Pitt from 1987-92, averaging 10 factors and 5.8 assists in 128 video games over 4 seasons. He famously was the one who handed the basketball to Jerome Lane for some of the iconic performs in Pitt historical past, as Jerome despatched it in. The Panthers look to go away Greensboro in a special vogue than they did final week in the course of the ACC Event, and stay dancing additional on into March.

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11-Seed Pitt Suffocates 6-Seed Iowa State in Spherical of 64 Blowout, 59-41



GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Pitt Panthers are nonetheless dancing.

On Friday afternoon, 11-seed Pitt — led by its veterans and an impressive defensive effort — dominated sixth-seeded Iowa State from wire-to-wire, incomes its second NCAA Event victory in a row and advancing to the Spherical of 32 with the 59-41 victory.

The Panthers got here out firing, opening with a shocking 22-2 run kickstarted by a Guillermo Diaz-Graham three to open the sport. Blake Hinson — matching up in opposition to his former workforce — additionally added an early three, confidently sinking his from the emblem. Nike Sibande — with some assist from the backboard — banked in his first three-point try as properly.

The Panthers have been in nice form from the beginning. Iowa State had missed its first eight area objectives, fouled Pitt six instances, and turned the ball over thrice, all within the first eight minutes of the sport.

Iowa State then earned its first two buckets of the sport after 11 minutes had handed by, and used them to jolt a 15-4 run of its personal to climb again in.

By the half, the Cyclones had trimmed Pitt’s result in seven. The Panthers did not hit a area objective within the closing six minutes of the half, and the Cyclones minimize proper into the deficit to make this one a ballgame heading into the latter body. On the break, Jamarius Burton and Diaz-Graham led the Panthers with seven factors apiece, whereas Sibande and Greg Elliott adopted with 4.

After a sloppy first 5 minutes, Pitt regained the momentum early within the second behind a hungry Nelly Cummings, who used an and-one floater and a deep three to create a 6-2 run of his personal to open the body.

Whereas Cummings led the early run, the Panthers couldn’t maintain the ball all through the next minutes. Fortunately for Jeff Capel and firm, the Cyclones have been simply as chilly. Whereas Pitt turned the ball over 4 instances in a five-minute span virtually mid-way by the half, the Cyclones missed 11 straight pictures from the sphere, turning this one into an absolute slugfest.

Hinson missed his first 4 three-point tries of the latter half, however hit two massive free throws with simply over ten minutes to go to increase Pitt’s lead again as much as 14, 40-26.

Nonetheless, issues quickly went a bit bitter for the Panthers. Hinson picked up a technical foul for flopping after a three-point try, then shortly after picked up his fourth private foul. Subsequent, Burton and the Panthers did not get the ball over half court docket in time, leading to a 10-second violation.

With simply over seven minutes remaining, Pitt snapped out of its chilly streak with an exquisite give-and-go between the Panthers’ youngest gamers: the Diaz-Graham twins. Guillermo handed it to Jorge on the wing, then instantly minimize to the rim. Jorge discovered him, Guillermo threw down the slam, and the Pitt followers in attendance have been on their toes.

Cummings adopted with one other large layup, extending Pitt’s lead again as much as 14 and forcing Iowa State’s TJ Otzelberger to take a timeout.

Whereas Pitt stayed constant on each ends, the Cyclones struggled mightily. Iowa State hit simply two of its first 22 field-goal tries within the second half, failing to realize any momentum all through the half.

With slightly below 5 minutes to play and all of the momentum leaning in the direction of the Panthers, Pitt closed out the win with an enormous 10-0 run, taking the rating from 40-30 to 50-30. Pitt’s Sibande elevated for an enormous three pointer from the nook — on which he earned an additional free throw as properly — to increase the result in 20.

Pitt closed out the victory with a transition bucket from Elliott and game-clinching free throws from.

The upset was full. Pitt regarded like the higher workforce from the second the ball was tipped. For the Panthers, Cummings completed with 13 factors to prepared the ground, adopted by Burton’s 11 and Elliott’s 10. Pitt received the rebounding battle 39-36.

With the win, Pitt improves its file to 24-11 on the yr and advances to play head coach Sean Miller and the 3-seed Xavier Musketeers within the spherical of 32 on Sunday, March 20, as soon as once more in Greensboro.

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