Fields Questionable For UConn

With less than two days remaining before Pitt's monumental clash with Connecticut, the Panthers might be without their court general.

Pittsburgh senior point guard Levance Fields was diagnosed with having a lower back contusion, according to Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon Thursday, and is questionable for the matchup between No. 3 Pitt and No. 1 UConn Saturday at noon at the Petersen Events Center.

"He didn't do anything today,'' Dixon said. "He was with the doctor today (while Pitt held a short practice session). All I know that the injury, that I saw on film, is very painful. It's a tough injury, and we won't know anything more until we see how he feels (Friday).''

Fields was involved in a fast-break situation with senior forward Sam Young midway through the second half during Pitt's 90-75 win against Marquette Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center. Fields had his feet knocked out from under him while he was in the air, and he landed hard on his tailbone.

Fields laid on the court for a while, got up slowly and limped off the court after playing a short time. He came in a few minutes later and finished the game. Fields finished with 17 points, 10 assists, two steals and just two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Golden Eagles. He was unavailable for comment.

"He's questionable right now,'' Dixon added, "and he's in a lot of pain. ... I didn't see it during the game. I saw it on film, but I actually through it was his arm that was hurt after it happened.

"I knew how he was moving that he was going to get up, but when I saw it on film I saw that he really went down hard and landed straight on his backside after leaving the ground. So, there was a substantial drop there, and he landed pretty hard. So, you could see where the pain would be.''

Dixon believed that Fields would be in the most pain Thursday, less than 24 hours after the injury, since he was still sore and stiff. But Fields spent the day at the doctors to plan for the next couple days.

"We have to give it time and see how he feels,'' Dixon said. "Right now, if we were playing today, he wouldn't play today. ... He was going up to finish (the fast-break) and had his feet knocked out from under him. It definitely was a foul and a clean play, but he landed on his back.''

Dixon noted that Fields' status will be evaluated again every day, but if he can't go then freshman Ashton Gibbs will man the point for Pitt.

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