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“We want to win our first game first and then go step by step,” Dixon said. “That’s the only way to do it. We’ve got a good team. We’ve got a No. 1 seed, and we’re going to play other good teams.”

Florida earned the No. 2 seed in the Southeast and will play No. 15 UC Santa Barbara in Thursday’s first round.

This is Pitt’s ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament and 23rd overall. The Panthers, who edged Notre Dame for the Big East regular-season title, have never won a national championship, making it to the Final Four just once. In the 1941 national semifinals, the Panthers lost to Wisconsin, 36-30.

“What we’ve done in the past is good, but it doesn’t mean a lot once you start playing in the tournament,” Dixon said. “We’ve got to go and play good basketball and we’ve got to get better in these couple of days.”