Even with the 7-foot Adams out, Villanova opted to work from the outside in. Arcidiacono knocked down 3 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes as the Wildcats — desperately trying to get back to the NCAA tournament after missing it last spring — took a 28-25 lead into the break.
It didn’t last, as Pitt closed a proud chapter in its history while eyeing the start of a new one next fall when the Panthers join Syracuse as new members of the ACC.
‘‘You wonder how it can get any better than this in playing in the best conference in the country,’’ Dixon said. ‘‘But our hopes and our plans are to make the ACC the best conference in the country. That’s why they came after us and Syracuse. They didn’t come after us to pull it down. They came after us to build it up.’’
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