1:40 PM ET, March 21, 2013
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Wichita State felt like the selection committee underrated the Missouri Valley Conference, and went out and proved it with a blowout win over No. 8 seed Pitt on Thursday, writes Dick Vitale. Story
A healthy Cleanthony Early was key offensively in a defensive win for Wichita State, Robbi Pickeral writes. Pickeral
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21: Ehimen Orukpe #21 of the Wichita State Shockers shoots over Steven Adams #13 of...(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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MVP: Wichita State junior Cleanthony Early, who had averaged only five points in his previous three games, finished with 21. He shot only 7-for-15, and in a points-at-a-premium matchup like this, his bounce-back was key. Senior Malcolm Armstead led the Shockers with 22 points.
X factor: Pitt, which shot 36 percent from 3-point land for the season, finished 1-for-17 from beyond the arc. Its lone 3-pointer made was about three minutes into the second half, cutting its deficit to 30-26.
That was ... rugged: You wanted defense? You got it in this one, with both teams shooting worse than 40 percent and going a combined 3-for-37 on 3-pointers for the game. There were likely more bruises earned than shots made in this one.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-49 (.388)||19-54 (.352)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-20 (.100)||1-17 (.059)|
|FT Made-Attempted||33-41 (.805)||16-20 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||27 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||WICH 73, @PITT 55||Recap|
Pittsburgh is now 0-5 as an 8 seed or lower since the field expanded in 1985, matching the worst record by any current Power 6 conference team in that span. Tennessee is also 0-5 as an 8 seed or lower since 1985.
Pittsburgh scored 55 points in 67 possessions in its loss Wichita State. It was the Panthers second-worst offensive efficiency in a game this season. They scored 42 points in 54 possessions against Notre Dame on Feb. 18. Pitt struggled on its first attempt on a possession against the Shockers, finishing with one more field goal (15) than it did turnovers (14).[+]
This is the third time since the field expanded to 32 in 1975 that Wichita State won its NCAA Tournament opener. Shockers' fans might want get a jump on booking their flight to Los Angeles. The previous two times they won at least one more game and advanced to the second weekend.[+]
Wichita State When Winning 1st Game - Men's Basketball Championship Since 1975
Pittsburgh's 55 points were tied for its 4th-fewest in a Men's Basketball Championship game since the shot clock was introduced in 1986.[+]
Pittsburgh Fewest Points in Shot-Clock Era - Men's Basketball Championship Game
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