The Pittsburgh Panthers (26 - 4) earned a #2 seed in the Midwest bracket and a trip to Boston, MA. They will meet the Wagner Seahawks (21-10), winner of the Northeast Conference championship. Pitt has never lost to a Northeast Conference team. But, Wagner might be the closest thing to a lock left for the Panthers this season.
After defeating Wagner, the Panthers would then meet the victor of an intriguing match between #7 Indiana and #10 Alabama. The Crimson Tide held the #1 ranking in the nation in December. The Hoosiers reached the tournament's finale last season.
This is not to look past the Seahawks, who will presumably have large fan support as the trip to Boston from Staten Island is at least 500 miles closer than from Pittsburgh.
Kentucky (29 - 3) holds the top seed in the Midwest Bracket and, should things play out as expected, Pitt will face a Wildcat squad that would be riding a 26-game win streak and plays defense just as intensely as the Panthers.
Oklahoma (East), Texas (South), and Arizona (West) round out the remaining #1 seeds.
The most backloaded bracket would have to be in the West, where Arizona, Kansas, Duke, and Illinois hold the top four seeds respectively.
Notable omissions include Boston College, Seton Hall, Tennessee, and Texas Tech, while Butler, Alabama, and Southern Illinois sneak in to the dance.