· It wasn’t the cleanest game, as the two teams combined for more turnovers (41) than field goals (38). There were seven turnovers in the final three minutes with Pitt holding a 12-point lead.
“We were too sloppy tonight,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.
Pitt had more turnovers (17) than assists (14), a rarity in the Dixon era.
· When a reporter pointed out that Pitt was 35-0 in November under Jamie Dixon, the coach noted it’s not the only month in which his team plays well.
“We’ve been pretty good in December, January and February, too,” he said.
For the record, Pitt is 104-31 in those three months under Dixon. And in March? The Panthers are 27-14.
· Travon Woodall is trying to become the latest Pitt point guard who’s not afraid to rebound. The 5-foot-11 Woodall matched 6-10 center Gary McGhee for the team lead with six rebounds. That gives Woodall 12 rebounds in the past two games after the Pitt coaches urged him to be more aggressive going after wayward shots. Point guards who can rebound are a tradition at Pitt. Levance Fields (3.0), Carl Krauser (4.2) and Brandin Knight (3.9) all averaged at least 3.0 rebounds per game for their career.
· Forward Nasir Robinson was knocked out of the game for a moment in the second half after getting elbowed in the mouth. Team officials said the Chester native will be fine.
· Monday night’s game marked the first time Pitt has played in Missouri in more than 22 years. The Panthers’ most recent visit to the Show Me State was a 59-52 loss at Southwest Missouri State in the first round of the 1986 NIT. It was the final game for coach Dr. Roy Chipman.
· Pitt hasn’t played Wichita State since 1964, but at least one Panther has a history with the Shockers. Senior guard Chase Adams played against the MVC school last season when he was playing with Centenary (La.) College. Adams scored 13 points in that 65-44 loss.