If I were Jamie Dixon, I’d be pretty happy with my situation going into the NCAA tournament as a number three seed. Based on history, being a number three seed is a good thing to be, no matter your opponent.
The 14 seeds are 15-85 against the threes since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. So, historically, being a two seed, isn’t that much more a of a sure thing than being a three. The fifteens are 4-96.
Most importantly for Dixon is that his team has beaten three teams that are higher seeds and goes in with very little pressure. For the past few years, anything short of the Elite 8 was considered a failure. Pitt can beat anybody in the tournament. When you can say that about a team without too many people laughing, I think that makes you a legitimate candidate to make quite a bit of noise.