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Pitt's Travon Woodall out for month with injuries

Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:22 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Travon Woodall had been one of the most surprising players of the first month of the season, stepping in as Pittsburgh’s starting point guard and performing exceptionally well.

Just as he was hitting his stride, though, head coach Jamie Dixon announced on Friday morning that Woodall would miss the next month with a groin strain and abdominal tear.

“We anticipate that Tray will make a full recovery and join his teammates on the court soon,” Dixon said in a release.

While he should return just after the New Year, this is still a huge loss for the Panthers in the meantime. Woodall ranked third in the country in assists through seven games, averaging 8.3 per game. He totaled double-digit assists on four separate occasions. Woodall was also second on the team in scoring at 14.1 points and was shooting nearly 46 percent from 3-point range.

In his place, Dixon will turn to a host of young players to fill the void. Freshman John Johnson will likely see the lion’s share of the available minutes, as he has provided a spark off the bench so far this season. With that said, he’s more of a scorer than a distributor, meaning we could also see Ashton Gibbs handle the ball in Woodall’s absence. Freshman Isaiah Epps might also get extra minutes for the next month.

Pittsburgh heads to Tennessee on Saturday, and also faces Oklahoma State next weekend. Big East play starts on December 27 with Notre Dame and then a meeting with Cincinnati on New Year’s Day.

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Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:29 pm

Pitt's Travon Woodall out for month with injuries

This happened before in 2007 when Mike Cook, Levance Fields and other guys got hurt, what did Pitt do? They won the BE tourney. Will losing Woodall hurt, yes, but is it a big deal, I am not sure. Guys will get a chance to step up and show what they can do.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:19 pm

Pitt's Travon Woodall out for month with injuries

I thought Woodall was one of the weakest links going into conference play and thought that Dixon's loyalty to upper classman would hurt the young guys developing.  Sorry Woodall you are going to lose your po to Isaiah Epps

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:14 pm

Pitt's Travon Woodall out for month with injuries

the main problem with this injury is that the Panthers have been turning the ball over against mediocre teams at an alarming rate and the backcourt is thin and the competition is about to get better and it will be on the road,Pitt and Jame Dixon need to dump the "only play at the Pete against cupcakes november schedule"for this exact reason,Jamie's depth and ability to coach young guys,young guys who normally sit and watch upperclassmen,will be tested big time

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:55 pm

Pitt's Travon Woodall out for month with injuries

I realize that I'm being Captain obvious here, but if a player like woodall was to get hurt, now is as good a time as any.  This will give the young guys a chance to show what they have learned and apply them in actual game mode and maybe even see some Big East action before woodall comes back.  

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