Wagner will have its hands full deciding upon whom to focus its defense. Do they take the inside game away with the 2 -3 zone or do they dare play man-to-man and leave Ontario Lett and Chevon Troutman free to display their interior passing abilities? And, even when playing man-to-man, Julius Page will still get open looks and who will stay with Donatas Zavackas when goes outside?
Unless there is a major lack of concentration and a complete loss of shooting ability, the Panthers should easily move on to the second round.
Pitt's suffocating defense should force Wagner into poor shot selection and too many empty trips to the basket.
Offense: Pittsburgh has 6 players with the ability to make a game winning shot.
Defense: The Seahawks will have a tough time getting any open looks under the barrage of Pitt's tenacity.
Intangibles: The Panthers should have a major chip on their shoulders after being overlooked as a #1.
Outcome: Pitt 82 Wagner 59.