Nickname: Panthers Coach: Jamie Dixon Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Record at Pittsburgh: 105-29 Conference: Big East Career Record: 105-29 Overall Record: 29-7 Conference Record and Finish: 12-4, 3rd Seed, Region and Bid: 3, West, At-large Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 19 NCAA Tournament Record: 17-19 (.472) Final Four Appearances: 1 (1941) NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST (1941) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: 10 Final Associated Press ranking: 12 Final Ratings Percentage Index: 5 Record vs. teams in the field: 5-6 Starters: F -- Levon Kendall (6-10, 225, Sr. -- 5.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) F -- Mike Cook (6-4, 220, Jr. -- 10.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg) C -- Aaron Gray (7-0, 270, Sr. -- 14.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg) G -- Antonio Graves (6-3, 190, Sr. -- 9.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg) G -- Levance Fields (5-10, 195, So. -- 9.3 ppg, 4.5 apg) Key Reserves: G -- Ronald Ramon (6-1, 180, Jr. -- 8.5 ppg, 2.3 apg) F -- Sam Young (6-6, 215, So. -- 6.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: The Panthers just barely squeaked into their first appearance in the regional semifinals in three years with an 84-79 victory over No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth in overtime on Saturday. Pittsburgh surrendered a 19-point lead in the second half and could have sealed the contest with 2.1 seconds left in regulation but Fields missed two free throws. Despite their near-collapse, the Panthers now turn their sights on past coach Ben Howland and second-seeded UCLA. The meeting with the Bruins figures to be a defensive grudge match, with both clubs looking to establish their physical presence and control the tempo. Pittsburgh may have an advantage inside with Gray, who should be over the illness that limited him against the Rams. The Panthers have not been to a regional final since 1974, losing in the "Sweet 16" in their previous two appearances. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (2) UCLA at San Jose, California
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Updated Monday, Mar 19, 2007