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Bracketology 2013: Pittsburgh projected for No. 5 seed

The Panthers could really improve their resume with a strong showing at this week's Big East Tournament.

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The Pittsburgh Panthers did more than enough to cement themselves a spot in the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a strong showing throughout the season. With just the Big East Tournament between them and Selection Sunday, most bracket experts see the Panthers headed for a No. 5 seed.

In the latest bracketology update from Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation, Pittsburgh is a five seed in the Midwest Region. They are projected to play Belmont in the second round. Should they win, Pitt would take on the winner of Kansas State and Louisiana Tech for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.

Joe Lunardi of ESPN sees a similar fate. He also has the Panthers as the fifth seed in the Midwest, with a matchup against Akron waiting in the opening round.

The most recent post from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports sees Pittsburgh as a No. 5 seed and playing Belmont. If they win, they'd play Kansas State or Akron.

Should the Panthers win a couple of games this week in the Big East Tournament, they could move up to as high as a third seed. An early loss may drop them to the sixth or seventh line.

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