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Slumping Pitt upsets No. 8 Notre Dame

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's James Robinson took an elbow to the face from a teammate, a shot to mouth from Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson and a metaphorical punch to the gut when the eighth-ranked Irish turned an eight-point deficit into a one-point lead with 31 seconds left on Saturday.

The junior guard responded with his typical toughness and a twisting runner that may have saved the Panthers' season.

Robinson sliced through the lane for the go-ahead basket with 12 seconds left to lift Pitt to a 76-72 win. Four days after his seeming clinching shot against Virginia Tech somehow morphed into a brutal overtime loss on the road, Robinson helped the Panthers improve to 14-3 all-time against Top 10 teams at the Petersen Events Center.


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky20-0
2 Virginia19-0
3 Gonzaga21-1
4 Duke17-3
5 Wisconsin18-2
6 Arizona20-2
7 Villanova18-2
8 Notre Dame20-2
9 Kansas17-3
10 Louisville17-3
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas17-3
2 Kentucky20-0
3 Virginia19-0
4 Arizona20-2
5 VCU17-3
6 Villanova18-2
7 Gonzaga21-1
7 Duke17-3
9 Wisconsin18-2
10 North Carolina17-4
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