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Sunday, December 30, 2007
Pitt's Fields likely out for rest of regular season with broken foot

By Andy Katz

Pittsburgh guard Levance Fields suffered a broken left foot in Saturday's loss to Dayton and will be out 8-12 weeks, which could end his regular season.

Pittsburgh spokesperson Greg Hotchkiss said Fields will have surgery Monday and will have a pin inserted in his left foot.

"We're extremely disappointed for Levance," coach Jamie Dixon said. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return sometime later in the season."

Fields' injury comes a week after the Panthers lost starting forward Mike Cook for the season with a torn ACL in a victory over Duke at Madison Square Garden in which Fields hit the game-winning 3-pointer.

Fields was averaging 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 12 starts for Pitt this season, his second as a starter. He had started 49 straight games at Pitt.

Fields' injury leaves Pitt with little depth. Ronald Ramon is likely to replace Fields at point guard, but has been inconsistent this season. Ramon is nursing a sore shoulder and missed all eight shots in the Dayton loss. He is 1-for-15 in the last two games.

With Cook and Fields out, Pitt is down to nine scholarship players because redshirt freshman Austin Wallace was lost for the season when he fractured the patella in one knee in practice earlier this month.

Senior writer Andy Katz covers men's college basketball for Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.