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Dixon has ankle sprain, day-to-day


Pitt senior guard Jermaine Dixon, injured against St. John’s on Thursday night, is considered “day-to-day” for Sunday’s game at the University of South Florida, Pitt officials said this afternoon.
Dixon, who suffered a sprained right ankle early in the second half of the Panthers’ 63-53 victory over the Red Storm, dressed for practice Friday afternoon. He took place in limited workouts, mainly passing drills.
Pitt (16-4, 6-2 Big East) plays USF (13-7, 3-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday. USF, led by high-scoring guard Dominique Jones, has won two Big East games in a row for the first time since it joined the conference in 2005.
There was concern Dixon had re-aggravated the same right foot injury – his fifth metatarsal — that cost him the first eight games of the season. But tests Friday revealed a sprained ankle. After USF, Pitt travels to West Virginia on Wednesday.
Dixon, one of the top perimeter defenders in the Big East, is the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.5 points per game.
If Dixon can’t play, sophomore point guard Ashton Gibbs will likely move over to shooting guard and redshirt freshman Travon Woodall will start at point. Woodall, averaging 5.3 points and 3.9 assists, started 10 games at point guard as Dixon missed the first month of the season.



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