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Capel: No Update on Au’Diese Toney’s Status for UNC

Capel: No Update on Au’Diese Toney’s Status for UNC

There is no timetable for the return of sophomore wing Au’Diese Toney to the Pitt lineup, head coach Jeff Capel said on Monday.

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Capel, speaking on the ACC coaches teleconference, said that he had no update on the status of Toney, who missed Pitt’s 69-65 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday with an elbow injury.

Toney suffered the injury in practice leading up to the Wake Forest game. His absence created a hole in the Pitt lineup that was not easily replaced.

Without Toney, and with Xavier Johnson and Trey McGowens in early foul trouble, Pitt was forced into playing its zone defense against the Demon Deacons, something that was not especially effective. Wake Forest shot 46.7% from the floor and 39.1% from 3-point range, the fourth- and third-best opponent marks against the Panthers all season, respectively.

In addition to his defense, Toney has been a reliable contributor for Pitt in other areas. This season, he’s averaged 6.4 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.2 rebounds per game.

After coming off the bench for a stretch, Toney had started Pitt’s last four games before the Wake Forest contest. Junior guard Ryan Murphy started in his place on Saturday. Murphy played 40 minutes while fellow wing Justin Champagnie played 39 in order to offset the loss of Toney.

Pitt will visit North Carolina on Wednesday and Miami on Saturday before returning home to host Louisville on Jan. 14.

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Eddie Futch
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They have no depth. That is a big loss of experience now, too. If they can get 4 wins in the conference this year that will be a major accomplishment. Was at the game Saturday and was discouraged bt what I saw. . The league is still too much for them. It will be at least 3 more seasons to be decent again. Hope everyone can remain patient.

Mike Vukovcan
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I appreciate your comment Eddie. I don’t share the same opinion on how long Pitt is away. I believe their biggest problem is zero production from down in the paint. All the offense is coming from the guards. They need balance and someone that’s a threat and that can actually score down low. Hopefully that could be coming next year.

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