Monday, December 21, 2009
Pittman, No. 2 Texas ready for No. 9 Spartans
By Jeff Caplan
Texas senior center Dexter Pittman will enter Tuesday's big game against No. 9 Michigan State as the Big 12 player of the week for his huge play last week in a 103-90 win against No. 10 North Carolina at Cowboys Stadium, and a 104-42 blowout of Texas Pan-American earlier in the week.
Pittman averaged 18.5 points and 11.0 rebounds as Texas moved to 10-0, winning all 10 games by double-digits. Pittman had 14 points and seven rebounds (five offensive) during last Tuesday’s home win against UT-Pan American. He followed it up with 23 points, 15 rebounds (12 offensive) and two blocks in Saturday’s victory against North Carolina.
His 12 offensive rebounds equaled the Tar Heels' team total. Pittman hit 14-of-23 (.609) field goals and 9-of-14 (.643) free throws in the two games.
Through the first 10 games, Pittman ranks second on the team in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (7.1) and leads the Longhorns in blocked shots (23). He leads the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage (.734), hitting 58-of-79 field goals.
Just three days after dispatching North Carolina, Texas welcomes the Spartans at 6 p.m. at te Erwin Center. Catch it on ESPN2.