Pitt's Fields likely out for rest of regular season with broken foot

12/30/2007 - Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh guard Levance Fields suffered a broken left foot in Saturday's loss to Dayton and will be out 8-12 weeks, which could end his regular season.

Pittsburgh spokesperson Greg Hotchkiss said Fields will have surgery Monday and will have a pin inserted in his left foot.

"We're extremely disappointed for Levance," coach Jamie Dixon
said. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return sometime
later in the season."

Fields' injury comes a week after the Panthers lost starting forward Mike Cook for the season with a torn ACL in a victory over Duke at Madison Square Garden in which Fields hit the game-winning 3-pointer.

Fields was averaging 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 12
starts for Pitt this season, his second as a starter. He had
started 49 straight games at Pitt.

Fields' injury leaves Pitt with little depth. Ronald Ramon is
likely to replace Fields at point guard, but has been inconsistent
this season. Ramon is nursing a sore shoulder and missed all eight
shots in the Dayton loss. He is 1-for-15 in the last two games.

With Cook and Fields out, Pitt is down to nine scholarship players because redshirt
freshman Austin Wallace was lost for the season when he fractured
the patella in one knee in practice earlier this month.

Senior writer Andy Katz covers men's college basketball for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.