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Bracketology: Pitt Panthers Could End Up On NCAA Tournament Bubble

Joe Lunardi, via the Trib, notes that after a disastrous start to Big East play, the Pitt Panthers have climbed back into the NCAA Tournament discussion.

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"I would think their chances at this point have gone from a pipe dream to a clear possibility," ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi said Tuesday.

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After losing eight straight games, including seven straight to begin Big East conference play, the Panthers beat Providence, then grabbed two bigger wins, against Georgetown and West Virginia.

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Still, they're going to have to play very well down the stretch to get much consideration. Of the eight games remaining on their schedule, there's only one against a ranked team (No. 25 Louisville, on February 26). Later in the article, CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm notes that their "margin of error is still pretty small," and he's right. They'll have to win most of those games, plus a Big East tournament matchup or two, to have much of a shot.

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Via Pitt Script.

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