It hasn't been the ideal beginning to the 2011 NCAA Tournament for No. 1 seed Pittsburgh. It looked like it would when the Panthers raced to an early 12-point lead over No. 16 UNC-Asheville, but the Bulldogs rallied and now only trail 30-25 at halftime.
Pittsburgh led 23-11 with 7:42 remaining in the first half, and given that UNC-Asheville played an overtime game on Tuesday to get to this point, one would think fatigue would set in. Instead UNC-Asheville scored 14 of the last 21 points of the half to cut the lead down to 30-25. It would have been better had UNC-Asheville not missed an easy tip-in in the closing seconds.
Both teams are struggling from the field. Pittsburgh is shooting just 36 percent from the field, while UNC-Asheville is down at 29 percent. It'll be interesting to see whether UNC-Asheville has enough gas left in the tank to continue to challenge the Panthers.