March 6, 2007
Panthers have tasted success in the BET
The 2007 Big East Tournament kicks off Wednesday night, as the bottom eight seeds battle to make it to the second round. The No. 13 Pitt men's basketball team, seeded third in the tournament, has a bye before opening play on Thursday night, when they will face the winner of Marquette and St. John's. Tournament play continues on Friday night leading into the conference championship game on Saturday.
Played at Madison Square Garden, the tournament is among the most high-profile of college basketball conference tournaments, both for the venue and the level of competition that inevitably comes out of it.
"I think there's no other event like it," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said Monday.
While Panthers have been struggling lately, losing two of their final three regular season games to finish 25-6 overall, 12-4 in the Big East, those records have little meaning beyond the seeding in the tournament.
"Everyone's on an even playing field now," senior center Aaron Gray said. "We're just figuring that we have a three-game season in the Big East Tournament and a six-game season in the NCAA."
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