Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Forgive Jamie Dixon if he's not in the mood to wax nostalgic. The Pittsburgh coach is well aware the 23rd-ranked Panthers are playing their final Big East home game on Sunday against cross-state rival Villanova. After 31 seasons, a handful of conference titles - and one famously shattered backboard courtesy of Jerome Lane - Pitt is heading to the ACC this summer. Just don't expect any bittersweet goodbyes. There's too much at stake for Pitt (22-7, 10-6), which likely needs to win its final two games to earn a lengthy bye in the conference tournament. The Panthers have won two straight, including a 20-point romp over South Florida on Wednesday in which Dixon allowed his players a little more freedom offensively. The result was a fluid second half in which Pitt used a 16-0 run to pull away. ''We were moving hard, moving quicker,'' Dixon said. Consider it the current motto of a program eager to accelerate into the postseason and eventually beyond. The end of a 53-year rivalry with...
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