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Pitt loses, but do we win?

Pittsburgh Providence Basketball

The answer is yes and no.  Which one will all depend on the next 10 days of Big East basketball.

The answer is yes, if Villanova wins out and Pittsburgh loses one of their final three games.  Home games versus Marquette and UConn look like the best shots for this to happen.  If Villanova and Pittsburgh wound up tied, Villanova would be seeded higher because it beat Pittsburgh.

The answer is no, possibly, if Villanova winds up tied with Marquette.  Since the two teams split the season series, it would go to the next tiebreaker which is record versus the top team in the conference.  Having Pittsburgh first gave Villanova that edge.  It is still very unclear who will finish first, but if Pittsburgh doesn’t lose again, the Wildcats will prefer they are first.

I think, though, it is better for as many teams ahead of us to lose as possible and we will sort things out after the regular season.  So the answer is yes, Villanova got a little victory tonight.

-David Cassilo

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