An at-large selection, the Pittsburgh men’s basketball team will enter the 2014 NCAA tournament as a No. 9 seed in the South Region. The Panthers (25-9, 11-7 ACC) will play No. 8 seed Colorado (23-11, 10-8 Pac-12) in a second-round matchup Thursday at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Tipoff times and television affiliates will be announced today.
All games will be televised nationally on one of the following networks: CBS, TNT, TBS or truTV.
The Pitt-Colorado winner will advance to the NCAA third round to face the winner of No. 1 seed Florida (32-2, 18-0 SEC) and the No. 16 seed first-round winner of the Albany (18-14, 9-7 America East) or Mount St. Mary’s (16-16, 9-7 NEC) matchup. The third-round contest is scheduled for Saturday in Orlando.
Pitt (25-9, 11-7 ACC) is appearing in its 12th NCAA Tournament in the last 13 seasons. The Panthers previously earned berths in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Before this run, Pitt’s longest NCAA Tournament appearance streak was three-straight from 1987-89. Additionally, Jamie Dixon has guided the Panthers to NCAA championship appearances in 10 of his 11 seasons as head coach.
Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the last 13 seasons (2002-14). Those other schools include: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Texas and Wisconsin.
Since 2002, Pitt has advanced to five NCAA Regional Semifinals with one regional final appearance.
Pitt is one of 15 schools nationwide to advance to the NCAA tournament regional semifinals at least five times since 2002: Duke-9, Kansas-9, Michigan State-7, Connecticut-6, North Carolina-6, Syracuse-6, Arizona-6, Texas-5, Pitt-5, Wisconsin-5, Kentucky-5, Xavier-5, Florida-5, Louisville-5, Ohio State-5.
Pitt, which has won 15 of its last 26 NCAA tournament games, is making its 25th all-time NCAA tournament appearance. Pitt is 23-25 all-time in 48 NCAA tournament games.
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