Pitt's NCAA chances will rely heavily on long arms of center Talib Zanna

Pittsburgh's chances of ending its NCAA tournament disappointments will depend largely on the long arms and quick feet of center Talib Zanna.

It's a position the senior from Kaduna, Nigeria is finally comfortable with after years of struggling to play with confidence or consistency.

Zanna was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference tournament first team after averaging 17 points and 13 rebounds during the Panthers' three-game run to the semifinals.

It was the kind of head-turning performance that will certainly make eighth-seeded Colorado (23-11) take notice when they face the ninth-seeded Panthers (25-9) in the second round on Thursday.

Pitt senior forward Lamar Patterson says when Zanna is clicking, the Panthers get on a roll.