7:27 PM ET, March 26, 2009
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Fields shines down stretch, carries Pitt to first Elite 8 in 35 years
BOSTON -- Levance Fields pointed Pittsburgh in the right direction just in time -- as usual.
• The Panthers recorded their first-ever win over a top-five seed in the NCAA tournament.
• Sam Young led the Panthers with 19 points. DeJuan Blair had 10 points and 17 boards.
• Xavier dropped to 0-5 against No. 1 seeds in the tournament.
• The Musketeers shot just 24.1 percent in the second half and the teams combined to make only 2-of-19 from 3-point range in the second stanza.
-- ESPN research
Pittsburgh's lackluster shooting won't cut it against Villanova. Story
Katz: On The Grind AgainIt's been a familiar formula for Pitt this season. The Panthers win over Xavier on Thursday was no different, writes Andy Katz. Story
Breaking The Slump
Pittsburgh finally beat a team seeded fifth or higher in the NCAA tournament, snapping a seven-game losing skid with Thursday's win over fourth-seeded Xavier. Here's a look at the numbers:
|1st 7 Games||Thursday|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-64 (.328)||22-65 (.338)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-23 (.217)||4-15 (.267)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-10 (.800)||12-19 (.632)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
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