Pitt jumped seven spots from No. 23 to No. 16 in the new Associated Press poll, but do not pay attention to the polls. They are meaningless when it comes to the NCAA tournament and how teams are seeded.
The most important ranking fans should follow is the RPI, and Pitt jumped all the way to No. 30 after winning on the road at Cincinnati on Saturday night.
The RPI is one of rankings the NCAA tournament committee looks at when seeding teams in March.
Pitt had been No. 51 in the RPI just a couple of weeks ago. Getting up to No. 30 means the Panthers are moving up the seed line.
On Monday, Jerry Palm of CBS projected the Panthers as a No. 5 seed in his newest NCAA tournament bracket.
Pitt’s next game is at Marquette, and the Panthers can move higher in the RPI if they win in Milwaukee. Teams can boost their RPI most by winning road games against opponents with good RPIs. Marquette is No. 16 in the RPI today.
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