Ebanks, West Virginia throttle lackluster Pitt

Butler and WVU shut down Pitt's perimeter players. (AP Photo)

Butler and WVU shut down Pitt's perimeter players. (AP Photo)

West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks showed me something Thursday as he battled against Pitt’s talented front line.

Ebanks showed athleticism, ball-handling, court awareness, and versatile scoring ability while leading West Virginia past No. 2 Pitt 74-60 to push the Mountaineers into the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

The talented 6’9″ freshman finished with a career-high 20 points and added seven rebounds.  He now has 25 rebounds in the first two games of the Big East tournament.

Pitt struggled all day and played much of the first half without Big East co-player of the year DeJuan Blair.  The big man finished with 14 points and five rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

West Virginia used a 1-3-1 zone to keep the Panthers on the perimeter.

Sam Young and Levance Fields struggled and looked a bit tired in the second half and could benefit from some extra time off.

Pitt still has a chance to earn a top seed in the NCAA tournament.  West Virginia is climbing up the seedings daily and probably a #5 right now.

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