Pittsburgh dodged a bullet on Tuesday night when it clawed its way to a 101-96 double-overtime victory over Wake Forest. With the win, the Panthers improved their record to above .500 in ACC play, but a loss could’ve had a far more negative impact.
Had Pitt dropped its matchup against the Demon Deacons, the team would be 0-4 in the month of February. Just a year ago, a four-game losing streak to end the regular season and the ACC Tournament crushed any hopes of an NCAA tournament berth, and a loss Tuesday would’ve put Jamie Dixon’s squad on a similar path.
At this point, however, the Panthers are still in the conversation to make the Big Dance, albeit as a bubble team at the moment. Whether or not they find themselves as part of the field next month will depend on how the next three-and-a-half weeks play out. Get access to the rest of this article and unlimited access to the rest of ACCSports.com when you upgrade to Premium Access! Click on the button below to view all the benefits of becoming a Premium Access member.
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