PITTSBURGH — Pitt sophomore wing Au’Diese Toney will be available on Sunday in Pitt’s fifth conference meeting against the Miami Hurricanes. Toney has missed two consecutive games with a left elbow injury that he had suffered in practice.
“He practiced (Friday), and he’s cleared (to practice and play),” head coach Jeff Capel said. “Unless something happens, he’ll be ready to play Sunday.”
Toney has started eight of the 13 games that he played in this season. He has averaged 24.9 minutes, 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Furthermore, Toney’s defensive abilities have been critical to the Panthers’ success on that end of the floor.
Having Toney back against Miami will be even more significant, because of the Hurricanes backcourt firepower. Guards Chris Lykes, D.J. Vasiljevic, and Kameron McGusty are averaging over 45 combined points per game.
“That’s really big (getting Toney back),” Xavier Johnson said on Friday. “He’s a really good defensive guy on our team. He’s always aggressive and does anything to win. … And we need that.”
Pitt is holding opponents to just 60.7 points per game this season. Miami is averaging 73.2 points per contest.