Pitt will have an opportunity to play some NCAA tournament games in Pittsburgh in 2015. Duquesne University and Consol Energy Center are playing host to second- and third-round games.
In 2003, Pitt played two games at Mellon Arena and won both easily to advance to the Sweet 16. The Panthers beat Central Connecticut State and Indiana before losing to Dwayne Wade and Marquette in Boston.
They had another opportunity to play in front of the home fans last season, but they missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade and instead played in the College Basketball Invitational.
Consol officials were very confident about getting more NCAA tournament games last March after a successful two days that were played before sellout crowds.
Consol will play host to the Frozen Four this spring and has been aggressive in attempting to lure other NCAA events, too. And Consol even is going after the ACC tournament, which has never been above the Mason-Dixon line. When I spoke to Consol officials this summer about the ACC tournament they said they put in a very competitive bid and were hopeful of getting the tournament for multiple years.
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