3:05 PM ET, March 20, 2009
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Pittsburgh pulls out victory after struggling against East Tennessee State
DAYTON, Ohio -- Pittsburgh intends to make history in this year's NCAA tournament. The Panthers almost did in their first game.Playing as a No. 1 seed for the first time but hardly looking the part, Pitt overcame a sloppy performance and a frightful 40 minutes from No. 16 seed East Tennessee State to advance with a 72-62 win on Friday in the East Regional.
• Pittsburgh advanced to the second round for the fourth straight season as the Panthers avoided being upset by ETSU.
• Pittsburgh was once again led by Big East co-player of the year DeJuan Blair. Blair recorded his 18th double-double of the season with 27 points and 16 rebounds.
• The game saw six lead changes and the largest deficit for the Panthers was just 2 points (18:13 in 1st half).
• No. 1 seeds are 99-0 all-time against the No. 16 seed in the tournament.
-- ESPN research
Bennett: Not exactly pretty
In their first game of the tournament, the Panthers barely played like one of the top 32 teams in the bracket, writes Brian Bennett. Blog
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-75 (.307)||24-55 (.436)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-22 (.182)||7-19 (.368)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-24 (.500)||17-23 (.739)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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