Pitt's Woodall questionable for Tennessee game


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Pitt might be without starting point guard Tray Woodall for its game Saturday at Tennessee. Woodall left the game against Duquesne Wednesday night with a leg injury and did not return.

Head coach Jamie Dixon said today that Woodall had an MRI and an x-ray on his groin and abdomen, and he is awaiting word from team doctors about the severity of the injury.

"He's in a lot of pain, there's no question about it," Dixon said. "We just want to get all of the data and make sure everyone takes a look at it and sees it before we make any decisions or calls on that."

If Woodall, the team's second-leading scorer, cannot play, Dixon said he has a variety of options for his replacement. Freshman John Johnson has played the most minutes as a backcourt reserve, but Dixon also mentioned the possibility of fellow freshman Isaiah Epps, redshirt freshman Cameron Wright and either Lamar Patterson or J.J. Moore, both small forwards, taking his place.

"We have different guys," Dixon said. "They've all played at different spots. We have practiced those situations. It seems like we've been practicing those situations more than we would have liked. We've just been in a situation all year long from the start with injuries and the preseason and a couple of guys out, we've had to do more things than in the past."


Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1230 . First Published December 1, 2011 5:00 AM


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