Thanks to Levance Fields high level of “clutch” and a rebounding masterpiece from DeJuan Blair, the Pittsburgh Panthers advanced past the Sweet 16 for the first time maybe ever since 1974. In other words, almost forever. The Panthers long-awaited tournament advancement didn’t come easy, thanks to the stubborn, “we aren’t going away” play of the Xavier Musketeers. Had it not been for Fields’ incredibly clutch play to close out the game, Pitt would be looking in the mirror this morning, wondering where such an outstanding season went. Besides his 3-point bomb that put the Panthers up by one point, Fields also had a steal on Xavier’s next possession, which was converted into points on the other end.
You can see the reaction of the Pitt Panthers in the above image, which was taken during the steal in question. Obviously, Blair thinks the game’s in hand after that. Normally, steals that happen throughout the course of a game don’t usually generate that kind of a reaction.
Next up for the Panthers are the familiar faces of conference foe Villanova. The Wildcats won the regular season match-up, beating the Panthers by 10.