Panthers Happy To Be Back In Tourney

Tray Woodall and Dante Taylor have each player in four NCAA Tournament games, Lamar Patterson has played in two, and J.J. Moore has played in one. For everyone else, this is their first shot. Here's a one-on-one with several members of the team, as they look toward Thursday's game.

Tray Woodall played in both games during the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournament games.

In his first NCAA Tournament game, a 89-66 win over Oakland, he was one of six Panthers to score in double-figures.

Even though last year's NCAA Tournament games were right across the street from his apartment building, he had no inclination to go to any of the games or watch them. Of course, Pitt had to begin preparations for the CBI Tournament, but it was also hard to be a part of the first Pitt team in more than a decade to miss the Tournament.

The No. 8 seed may have been lower than expected by some, but to Woodall, it's only a number. He looks forward to simply the opportunity.

Tray Woodall - March 17 from Tony Greco on Vimeo.

Dante Taylor has the same exact amount of experience as his fellow senior. He too is not concerned about the seeding, nor feeling a chip on his shoulder to go out and prove the committee wrong for picking Pitt as an eight-seed. Like Woodall, it's just a chance to go out and play.

Dante Taylor - March 17 from Tony Greco on Vimeo.

Lamar Patterson played in both NCAA Tournament games in the 2011 run. When looking at Pitt's bracket, he admits it's easy to look ahead and see a potential meeting with top-seed Gonzaga in the second round.

He knows the feeling on the other side, losing as a number-one seed to an eight seed from his experience two years ago. It gives him a little perspective, being on the other side of the seeding this time around.

Five players will be playing in their first NCAA Tournament at Pitt. One of them is Trey Zeigler. He talks about what Wichita State does well.

Cameron Wright was a member of the team two years ago that played in the NCAA Tournament, but he did not play in either game. Like Zeigler, he is eager for Thursday's matchup.

Steven Adams and James Robinson will likely start as true freshmen in this opening round game. Adams has a full season under his belt as a starter, and admits his experience at the Big East Tournament gave him a better idea of what to expect in the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to starting this year as a freshman, Robinson helped the Team USA U-19 team to a Gold Medal at the World Basketball Games last summer. He's used to being on a big stage, as evidenced by his comfort level this year.

Robinson also compares watching the brackets announced last year, to this year in watching the brackets to see where he'll be playing. He sees no difference, simply being excited to just get things rolling.

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