Wichita State sinks Pittsburgh in ugly NCAA tournament contest

March 21, 2013

Carl Hall and Wichita State are moving on after an ugly win over Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)

Wichita State tried 20 shots from behind the three-point line in its NCAA tournament opener against Pittsburgh on Thursday in Salt Lake City. The Shockers connected just twice, but they still managed to advance comfortably in an ugly contest, moving on for the first time since 2006 with a 73-55 victory.

Putting it simply, Pittsburgh, in its last tournament appearance as a member of the Big East before jumping ship to the ACC next season, was even worse. The Panthers shot 35 percent from the field and 5.9 percent on three-pointers. Three Pittsburgh starters combined to miss all 12 of their three-point attempts, and the team hit 1 of 17 shots from deep overall.

 

Wichita State heads into its next contest on Saturday, likely against top-seeded Gonzaga, knowing it likely can’t shoot any worse. The Shockers triumphed in large part by getting to the free throw line 41 times, including a nine of nine effort from guard Malcolm Armstead (22 points).

Meantime, Pittsburgh adds another disappointing NCAA tournament performance under Coach Jamie Dixon. The Panthers have now lost to a lower-seeded team in six of their past seven tournament appearances.

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