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Pitt basketball hits home stretch

Will it be another season of disappointment for Pitt basketball?

It's been an up-and-down season for the Panthers, with more ups than downs.

After two disappointing losses last week against ranked teams, the Panthers rebounded Sunday against an outmanned St. John's team.

Pitt (21-7) will close out the season with South Florida, Villanova and DePaul.

If they go 3-0 and pick up a win in the Big East tourney, that should give them plenty of momentum for March Madness and a good seed for the NCAA tournament.

If the 23rd-ranked Panthers stumble, they still should get a spot, but questions will remain.

The Panthers need Tray Woodall, who scored 25 against St. John's, to be the go-to guy.

One thing I've always thought the Panthers lacked in the tournament has been a legit scorer who can take over a game.

Maybe Woodall can be that guy.

If he is, then it could be a really good season for the Panthers.


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