DAYTON, Ohio -- Two down, four to go.
Pitt took care of business in Dayton in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, but the No. 1-seeded Panthers had to fight and claw get these two victories against East tennessee State and Oklahoma State.
All of the No. 1 seeds in this tournament had at least one breather in the first two rounds. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing as the Panthers move on to Boston for the third round against Xavier, which beat Wisconsin earlier in the way.
Levance Fields said he and some of his teammates went to see Xavier play Duquense at the Palumbo Center earlier this season after the Panthers beat DePaul at the Petersen Events Center. So they already have an early scouting report on the Musketeers.
Plenty of storylines this week with the Sean Miller connection to Pitt. It should be a fun week for Pitt alums.
One encouraging sign for the Panthers is their improved 3-point shooting in the first two rounds. They are 18 for 47 from behind the 3-point arc in the first two rounds of the tournament.
The Panthers also got back to basics and dominated Oklahoma State on the glass. They held a 41-21 edge in rebounding after a poor rebounding perfomrance against ETSU.