The Wisconsin Badgers begin their 18th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance against the Pitt Panthers in St. Louis Friday. The Panthers should be a strong early challenge for the Badgers as they pursue a trip to their third-straight Final Four.
Looking to the Panthers, they are capable of giving the Badgers a world of trouble Friday night. The Panthers sport a variety of potent scorers. Four Panthers average in double-digits led by Michael Young who averages 16 points per game. Young, who was named third team All-ACC, also averages 7 rebounds and over 2 assists per game. The Panthers also get double-digit scoring averages from Jamel Artis and James Robinson who score 14 and 10 points respectively.
As a team, the Panthers are a strong squad. They ranked in the top-six in the ACC in all major categories. Pitt is especially good at rebounding, assists and free-throw shooting. The Panthers were first in the ACC from the line and dishing assists and second in the conference in rebounding. Physically, the Panthers could give the Badgers with their team height. Pittsburgh has eight players 6’7” or taller.
The Badgers bid for a third-straight Final Four appearance begins Friday at 5:50 p.m. from St. Louis. The Panthers, though, should give the Badgers all they can handle on the night. The game can be seen on TNT.