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Pittsburgh leads upswing teams

Updated: February 2, 2012, 6:10 PM ET
By Jay Bilas

College basketball has become like the weather in Scotland: If you don't like it, wait a few minutes and it will change. Well, it may be a bit longer than a few minutes in college hoops, but fortunes can change quickly in this game, and a team that looks like it is headed toward the Final Four can be derailed and crater.

Similarly, a team that looked dead and buried -- and made you wonder if it would ever win again -- can rise up and charge straight into the postseason. The roller coaster of college basketball is much more a marathon than a sprint, and the teams that keep fighting and stay positive and stick together through dark periods can come out the other side and do something special.

Here are some of those teams that are on the upswing:


Pittsburgh Panthers

When the Panthers lost Tray Woodall to an injury, he was averaging 14 points and eight assists per game. Without him, Pitt lost seven in a row, including an embarrassing loss at home to Wagner. Without making excuses, coach Jamie Dixon said that having Woodall out changed his team, and he stayed on course and stayed positive. Dixon maintained that Pitt was a good team and the Panthers would play like themselves again soon. But Pitt couldn't make shots and couldn't guard anybody and, from the outside, things looked bleak.


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