BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Before ending the regular season against three teams with winning records, eighth-ranked Pittsburgh visits Virginia Tech on Wednesday in a Big East Conference contest.
Pittsburgh (19-4, 9-3 Big East) is tied with Syracuse for the top spot in the conference's West Division, one-half game ahead of Notre Dame. The Orangemen host West Virginia on Wednesday, while the Fighting Irish are idle.
After facing Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh ends the regular season with home games against West Virginia and Rutgers and visits to Notre Dame and Georgetown.
The Panthers have posted a pair of double-digit wins since losing at Seton Hall on February 15.
On Saturday, Pittsburgh defeated Rutgers, 86-65, as Ontario Lett scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack. Jaron Brown scored 12 points and Julius Page and freshman Carl Krauser each added 11 points. Chevy Troutman netted 10 points and star guard Brandin Knight finished with six points.
Pittsburgh's defense forced 18 turnovers and limited Rutgers to 36 percent (22-of-61) from the floor.
A win Wednesday would mark the first time since the 1986-87 and 87-88 campaigns that the Panthers recorded consecutive 20-win seasons.
Virginia Tech (10-15, 3-9 East) is trying to make it to New York for its first Big East Conference tournament appearance. It is one half-game ahead of Miami for last place in the East Division and will face the Hurricanes at home on March 5.
The Hokies have dropped four in a row since consecutive wins over Connecticut and St. John's. Virginia Tech guard Carlos Dixon suffered a broken left foot in the first half of a loss a Miami on February 11 and is out indefinitely.
In Saturday's 98-78 loss at Notre Dame, Terry Taylor, who was suspended for last Wednesday's loss at Boston College, scored 27 points to lead the Hokies.
Virginia Tech has won three of the five meetings with Pittsburgh. But in the lone Big East meeting, Pittsburgh posted a 76-51 win in the regular season finale in 2000-01.