March Madness: ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament

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Pittsburgh Panthers
10-seed, East Region

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An underachieving Pittsburgh Panthers team faces a tough matchup in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against a physical Wisconsin team.

Pittsburgh’s Michael Young has been fantastic this season, but will he get enough help to advance the Panthers beyond the round of 64?

Jamie Dixon is a good coach, but he’s had more talented teams in the past. He’ll need to have his players prepared for this game and optimize any opportunities that they have to take advantage of the Badgers.

The good news for Pittsburgh is that head coach Bo Ryan won’t be on the opposing sideline for Wisconsin, having retired earlier this season.

The bad news is that an opening round win sets them up for a date with 2-seed Xavier.

First round opponent: Wisconsin

Best potential matchup: Xavier, second round

Potential upset: Wisconsin, first round

Best case scenario: Round of 32

Prediction: Pittsburgh loses to Wisconsin in the first round