Brandin Knight scored 17 points and gave Pittsburgh (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) the lead on a 3-pointer with just over three minutes left as the Panthers overcame turnovers and foul problems for a 70-63 victory over Rutgers on Sunday.
Brandin Knight's playmaking led No. 2 Pittsburgh on a 15-4 run just before halftime and the Panthers, relying on their defense to break open the game, cruised to a 65-41 victory over George Mason on Saturday.
Brandin Knight took control early with his quick cuts to the basket and pull-up jumpers and No. 4 Pittsburgh, in what was supposed to be its first big test of the season, cruised to a 69-49 victory over Ohio State on Wednesday night.