Pittsburgh Basketball: Top Storylines to Follow in the Panthers' 2014 Offseason

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Pittsburgh Basketball: Top Storylines to Follow in the Panthers' 2014 Offseason
Gerry Broome

It's lonely at the top. Jamie Dixon has been there before as a member of the Big East.

It isn't much better in the middle. He was there, too, in Pitt's inaugural ACC season.

In 2013-14, the Panthers struggled to avoid mediocrity as they know it and as their fans have grown to define it. They won games they could have lost, lost games they could have won and finished with a sub-.500 record in conference home games for just the second time since the Petersen Events Center opened in 2002.

Nevertheless, by reaching the semifinals of the ACC tournament and taking eventual champion Virginia down to the wire once again, the Panthers showed they belong. Running into Billy Donovan's Florida Gators with a loud thud and going home early from the NCAA tournament again provided a reality check.

At least Pitt enters this summer knowing more about where it stands in the ACC than it did a year ago. Now, as the adage goes, is when champions are made—when no one else is watching.

So let's take a look at some important 2014 offseason talking points regarding the Panthers.

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