Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Total Domination Panthers Strike Early and Often to Rout Colorado in NCAA Opener Pitt 77, Colorado 48

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Total Domination Panthers Strike Early and Often to Rout Colorado in NCAA Opener Pitt 77, Colorado 48

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- There are many ways to describe what Pitt did to Colorado Thursday, but none of them are probably strong enough for just how one-sided it was.

Like, "Pitt whacked Colorado?"

Or, "Pitt thrashed Colorado?"

Maybe, "the Panthers stampeded the Buffaloes?"

No, none of those phrases really captures how dominant the No. 9 seed Panthers were in their 77-48 win against No. 8 Colorado in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Amway Center.

Pitt made such quick work of the Buffaloes that the outcome was hardly ever in doubt.

"The defensive effort and focus and intensity we had was pathetic," said Colorado coach Tad Boyle.

The Panthers (26-9) advance and will play No. 1 seed Florida (33- 2) in a third-round matchup Saturday, looking for their first Sweet 16 berth since the DeJuan Blair-led team made it to the Elite Eight in 2009.

The Gators had all kinds of trouble with No. 16 seed Albany in the second game of the doubleheader, but pulled away late to win, 67- 55, and avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16.

Pitt's margin of victory was its largest for an NCAA tournament game and also the biggest blowout in tournament history by a No. 9 seed against a No. 8.

It was the second-largest margin by any team in the No. 8-No. 9 game. Michigan, a No. 8 seed in 2011, beat No. 9 seed Tennessee, 75- 45.

Pitt also had its largest halftime lead, 46-18, in an NCAA tournament game, its largest this season and its second-largest on a neutral court.

Pitt used its swarming man-to-man defense in the first half to snuff the life out of Colorado's offense and turn steals and rebounds into transition points.

The Panthers needed a little less than five minutes to take their first double-digit lead at 11-0, which they stretched to 13-0, and took their first 20-point lead on a layup by Josh Newkirk with 7:44 to play in the first half.

Colorado (23-12) was just 5 of 17 from the field in the first half and had 10 turnovers while the Panthers shot 18 of 29 from the field and turned over the ball just once.

Pitt had 24 of its 46 first-half points in the paint and 12 points off turnovers. …

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