But in the end, the Panthers defense and experience took the slipper from the Eagles' Cinderella foot.
In all respect to sophomore Carl Krauser and his team-high 18 points, the game ball should go to Troutman. He picked up 4 fouls defending Smith, but every foul was well used. He had a team-high 6 steals, at times using his superior speed to overwhelm Smith.
The Panthers even got clutch outside shooting, although not a whole lot of outside shooting. Mark McCarroll nailed a 3-point shot with a second left on the shot clock to give Pitt a 48 – 42 lead. McCarroll pump faked and got his man in the air with 3 seconds on the shot clock, then took a step, planted and made true the shot.
Pitt also received a scare when Jaron Brown went down with an apparent twisted ankle. He received treatment and returned to the game, stealing the ball and scoring with a great burst of speed. However, his status will be monitored throughout the evening and into tomorrow.
The Panthers await the winner of Villanova and Connecticut. The Eagles should be looking at a probable #6 or #7 seed. And woe be the team that gets to take the court with them.