Pitt is among the hottest teams in the country. The Panthers have won seven of their past eight games heading into tomorrow’s game at No. 18 Marquette.
Head coach Jamie Dixon not only has to worry about the Golden Eagles, but the week off the Panthers had after playing 12 games in the first six weeks of the Big East schedule.
It’s the first time Dixon can remember playing so many games so early in the schedule without an off week.
“It was unique,” Dixon said. “We’ve never had a situation with both byes late in the season. It is what it is. Some guys can complain about it or say it’s an advantage. Things you can’t control, I don’t spend a lot of time saying a good thing or a bad thing. You have to make the most of it. Academically, more than anything, it was a good thing for us.”
Pitt also has a week between games in the final week of the season.
The Panthers hope to brush the rust off quickly tomorrow because the game against Marquette is an important one in terms of the Big East race and NCAA seeding. They have moved up to a projected No. 5 seed in the most recent NCAA mock brackets and another road win would boost them higher.
“We’ve got a lot of good wins,” Dixon said. “You just have to keep winning. The more you win the better off you are. We have plenty of road wins. That’s a good thing to see. You have to win every game you can. We have some good wins but we want to win as many as we can.”
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