The Pittsburgh Panthers play in the ACC and have a history of strong men’s basketball teams. In the early days of college basketball, Pittsburgh had one of the strongest programs in the nation, winning two Helms Championships in 1928 and 1930 in the pre-tournament era. In the 1930 season, Charley Hyatt was the nations leading scorer and was named the National Player of the Year. When the Panthers made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1941 they made their first and only Final Four appearance. Overall, the Panthers have 25 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Since the early 2000’s, the Panthers have been a mainstay of the NCAA Tournament. Since 2002, the Panthers have only missed the NCAA Tournament once (2012). All of but the first appearance in 2002 have been under head coach Jamie Dixon. The Panthers have been a #1 seed twice during this period and have been a single-digit seed for all of these appearances. Their most successful NCAA tournament appearance this century came in 2009 when the Panthers were a #1 seed and made it to the Elite Eight they lost a close game to the #3 seed Villanova Wildcats.
Pittsburgh Panthers Recent NCAA Tourament History
The Pittsburgh Panthers last NCAA Tournament bid came in 2014 when they finished 5th in the ACC and received an at-large bid as the #8 seed in the South Region. In their first game, the Panthers played the #9 seed Colorado Buffaloes and demolished them by a score of 77-48. In their next game the Panthers played the overall #1 seed Florida Gators. Pittsburgh didn’t have as much luck this time around and lost the game 61-45.