NCAA Tournament Update: Pittsburgh Struggling With UNC-Asheville At Halftime

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.

For more on the Panthers, check out SB Nation's Pitt blog Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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