The one thing most people are going to say about this game is the possible return of Levance Fields. He’s been practicing with the team after he was cleared by doctors, and he could possible see a few minutes tonight.
“It will be his decision,” Dixon told reporters on Saturday. “It’s going to be day-to-day. There are going to be some ups and downs as it goes, as you would expect when he hasn’t done anything for six weeks.”
Following Ramon’s winning three over WVU, Fields ran faster off the bench faster than any other Pitt player. And just as Pitt starts to get a starter back, Providence is realizing how many players they are starting to lose. Sharaud Curry is out for the year while Jeff Xavier and Geoff McDermott are playing through pain. Ray Hall has been suspended and Weiyinmi Efejuku has simply played poorly. Also working for Pitt’s favor, the Friars have not won in the Petersen Events Center.
Providence AD Bob Driscoll is hearing from fans about the underachieving Friars team.
â€œMy reaction is Iâ€™m disappointed we havenâ€™t been better,â€ Driscoll said. â€œThere are lots of reasons you can point to. Weâ€™ve had injuries and a few other issues but, at the end of the day, weâ€™re judged on our record. Itâ€™s not what I wanted it to be.â€
Head coach Tim Welsh’s seat is getting hotter. A win over Pitt would undoubtedly be huge for Welsh and the whole team, so they’ll be coming out ready to play. Don’t count out Pitt though. The Big East goal continues to be winning the Big East championship, even without Mike Cook and with Fields missing a chunk of time.
“Every game is huge from here on out,” said Benjamin, who’s averaging 12.6 points as a starter. “The Big East is a crazy league, and you never know when you’re out of it. We’re playing well on defense and once we get back to playing like I know we can on offense, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
Tip at 7:30 on ESPN Full Court and FSN Pittsburgh locally.