Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers

Panthers lose a lot of talent as they transition into the ACC

Updated: October 23, 2013, 9:31 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

PittCharles LeClaire/USA TODAY SportsPitt will face a lot of roster turnover as it enters the ACC.

Pittsburgh Panthers

2012-13: 24-9 (12-6 Big East)
In-conference offense: 1.06 points per possession (2nd, Big East)
In-conference defense: 0.94 points allowed per possession (3rd, Big East)

Praise of Pittsburgh's offense has often struck me as somewhat forced. Observers will grant that the Panthers score efficiently at their deliberate tempo (only South Florida, Notre Dame and Cincinnati were slower in Big East play last season), but the thinking seems to be that Jamie Dixon's men get all those points by simply throwing the ball up on the glass and grabbing the rebound.