NCAA tournament: Pittsburgh nearly scored the most lopsided 8-9 win in history

No. 9 Pittsburgh scored a shockingly easy 77-48 win over No. 8 Colorado. The Buffaloes can thank Beau Gamble for his buzzer-beating three-pointer, because that meant Colorado narrowly avoided becoming the worst loser ever in an NCAA tournament game between No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. That dubious distinction still belongs to Tennessee, which lost by 30 to Michigan in 2011. Still, getting hammered by Pittsburgh can’t feel great, either.

Pittsburgh, which also beat a higher seed for the first time since 1981, now advances to presumably play top-seeded Florida, unless the Gators somehow lose to No. 16 Albany. It also marks the Panthers’ first victory in an NCAA tournament game when seeded lower than sixth.

The two sides played almost even in the second half, but the Panthers were ahead 46-18 by intermission, at which point the only drama that remained was whether big man Talib Zanna (18 points) would outscore Colorado. The Buffaloes got double-digit scoring from two players but no one else had more than six points.

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Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at



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