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Pitt's an Elite team

We've read it before.
We've heard it from the players and coaches before, too.
Now, there's validation to all the talk surrounding the Pitt basketball team.
This is the best team in a long, long time in Pittsburgh.
All of this, of course, wouldn't be possible without Levance Fields' huge 3-point shot to give the Panthers the lead late Thursday against Xavier. Then, Fields' steal and basket all but wrapped up the 60-55 win.
It wasn't a pretty game. It was one that the Panthers (31-4) nearly let slip away.
But it doesn't matter. Fields changed all that with his big bucket.
And, boy, was it a classic.
The moment the ball left his hand, I muttered, "What's he doing?"
Then, the moment it dropped though the net, I exhaled with relief, "Clutch shot."
It takes a special team to get this far in the tournament.
With special players like Fields, DeJuan Blair and Sam Young, they don't have to stop in the regional final against Villanova.
The next stop could be Detroit.


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