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NCAA Tournament: Pittsburgh sees Wichita State in the mirror

In Shockers, the Panthers see another Big East-style bruiser.

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No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 9 Wichita State

O At EnergySolutions Arena

Tipoff » Thursday, 11:40 a.m. TV » TBS

Records » Pittsburgh 24-8; Wichita State 26-8

Last meeting » Pittsburgh 68, Wichita State 55 (Nov. 23, 2009)

About the Panthers » Senior guard Tray Woodall is averaging 11.8 points per game and 5.2 assists. … The Panthers led the Big East in field-goal percentage this season … Pittsburgh is ranked No. 6 in the country in total team defense.

About the Shockers » Wichita State lost to Creighton 68-65 in the Missouri Valley Conference title game. … The Shockers have three players averaging double digits. … Junior Cleanthony Early is averaging 13.1 points per game and 5.1 boards. … Senior forward Carl Hall, a 6-foot-8 sixth-year senior, leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.2 boards per game.

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