The Pittsburg Panthers and Duke Blue Devils have earned the number 1 and 2 seeds for the upcoming men’s basketball NCAA tournament. Pittsburg (28-4) serves as a heavy favorite to reach the final four with their physical defense and multiple offensive options. Their big men Sam Young and DeJuan Blair have led them in scoring all year, averaging 19 and 16 points per game.
Duke is hungry for a successful run after going 1-2 in their past two NCAA tournament appearances. Gerald Henderson, Kyle Singler, and Jon Scheyer will lead their offense. They have some of the strongest guards in the tournament, but their inside game lacks.
Villanova clinched the number 3 seed in the East this year, finishing with a 26-7 regular season record. They will be a strong contender as they have held opponents to 67 points per game all year while shooting 37 percent from 3 point range. Xavier (ranked #4) could be a team to upset the top seeds if they find a way to play close to their early season form. They started their season off strong with a 20-2 record, but then slipped in the standings after going 5-5 in their last 10 games. Look for Florida State, UCLA, Texas, and Tennessee to possibly make strong runs of their own.
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The Providence College Friars ended Pittsburgh’s brief reign as the top-ranked NCAA team last night. Coming off of a tough 19-point loss to Notre Dame, the Friars looked to not only regain their confidence, but to also lock up a postseason spot. With the big win over #1 Pitt, the Friars should be able to finish the season with a winning record – a difficult feat in the contentious Big East.
“We’re in a pretty good situation: we’re in the top half of the best conference in the country,” PC coach Keno Davis told the AP’s Jimmy Golen. “It puts us in the conversation. I’m sure if we had lost, they wouldn’t be talking about us anymore.”
PC will be in action in Chestnut Hill against the Boston College on Friday, February 27th at the Conte Forum.
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