Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said today that junior point guard Tray Woodall has not practiced since the Notre Dame game and his status for the game against Cincinnati is questionable. Woodall is recovering from an abdominal tear and played 20 minutes in the 72-59 loss to the Fighting Irish Tuesday night.
"He's not recovering well from the other day," Dixon said. "You guys could see he wasn't at top speed. That's where he's at. He hasn't practiced since."
Dixon also said senior guard Ashton Gibbs did not practice. When asked if he would play Sunday, Dixon replied: "We'll see." Gibbs has been playing through pain in an ankle since the victory over Duquesne Nov. 30. If Gibbs cannot play, John Johnson and Isaiah Epps would run the point and Cameron Wright and Lamar Patterson would play shooting guard.
Patterson made it sound like Gibbs would be OK for Sunday.
"He looks pretty good," Patterson said. "He must be a good actor if it's bothering him."
*Dante Taylor spoke about the Panthers getting back to "old-style Pitt basketball" in the wake of the loss to Notre Dame.
"We want to bounce back after the two losses," Dixon said. "Just come out and play hard, play aggressive. We've been going back to the old-style Pitt, being physical. I think it will carry over into the next game. I think we definitely got away from it this year. Right now, I think we definitely will see more old-style Pitt coming up."
Taylor on the mood in the locker room after the loss to Notre Dame:
"It's definitley frustrating. We're known as a defensively agrressive team. In the past few games I don't think we've played hard enough. Teams came out early with more aggression than us. We tried to do it when it was too late. If we start off from the beginning we'll be good."
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