Staff Picks: Pitt battles Iowa State

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The Pitt Panthers had a flair for the dramatic all season long and of course that continued on Tuesday night in Dayton. Pitt escaped with a 60-59 win over Mississippi State in the First Four, the team's seventh win by three points or less on the season. The victory sent the Panthers to Greensboro for today's first round game in the NCAA Tournament against sixth-seeded Iowa State.

Iowa State enters this game with a 19-13 overall record. The Cyclones started the year hot with a 13-2 start out of the games, but finished 6-11 down the stretch. Iowa State did manage to beat Baylor twice this month, but otherwise own a 2-7 mark since the beginning of February.

Iowa State is coached by TJ Otzelberger, who is in his second year with the program. He guided the program to the NCAA Tournament last season, and had previous stops at South Dakota State and UNLV. The Cyclones are led by two talented senior guards: Jaren Holmes and Gabe Kalscheur. Holmes is going to score more i...

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