Previewing the NCAA Tournament second-round games in Salt Lake City

Published: Sunday, March 17 2013 10:54 p.m. MDT

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by Amy Donaldson
Deseret News

Their fans may want to argue their No. 8 seeding, but the Pittsburgh Panthers celebrated their at-large invitation to the NCAA Tournament as they watched Sunday’s Selection Show at Petersen Events Center.

Not only did the Panthers get an invite, they’ll take on another at-large team in No. 9 seeded Wichita State in Thursday’s second round at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Both teams lost in the championship games of their respective tournaments.

The Panthers are led by head coach Jamie Dixon, a California native who is in his 10th year as head coach. Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

The Panthers are led by senior guard Tray Woodall, who was named to the All-Big East Third Team. He averaged 11.7 points with 163 assists and 41 steals this season. Freshman Steven Adams, a native of New Zealand, was named to the Big East's all-rookie team, and he averages 2.1 blocks per game.

The Shockers are led by head coach Gregg Marshall, who became the first Wichita State coach to earn back-to-back Coach of the Year awards. He's guided the program to a school-record fourth straight season with 24 or more wins.

The team is led by MVC Newcomer of the Year Cleanthony Early, a junior forward who has averaged 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds. Carl Hall averaged 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds for the team and was named to the all-conference second team. Oregon transfer senior Malcom Armstead, who is the only player to start all 34 games, averaged 10.4 points, 4 assists and 3.7 rebounds.

PITTSBURGH (24-8) vs. WICHITA STATE (26-8)

Thursday, 11:40 a.m. MT, TBS

The Panthers: Best wins: Jan. 8 victory against Georgetown (a No. 2 seed in the tournament), a Feb. 2 win against then No. 6 ranked Syracuse, a March 3 overtime victory against Villanova, a 9 seed in the South. Worst losses: A Feb. 18 51-42 loss to Notre Dame and Saturday's loss to Syracuse in the conference title game.

The Shockers: Best win: A November win against VCU (a fifth seed in the tournament) and a Feb. 19 win against Indiana State. Worst losses: A Dec. 13 loss to Tennessee and losses to Creighton at the end of conference play and in the MVC tournament.

Utah connections: Former Jazzman Antoine "Big Dog" Carr played at Wichita State.
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