Pittsburgh showed glimpses of the beginning of the season when they shot at least 40 percent or better in 6 of the first 10 games. In the 10 games prior to tonight, Pitt had not shot above 40 percent from three-point range.
A big part of that was the return to form of Travon Woodall. Since Woodall left the lineup after the Duquesne game--which was after Pitt's seventh game, Pitt managed just one game of shooting over 40 percent from three-point range (4-10 at Oklahoma State). Woodall, obviously, was in the lineup for those first seven games, where Pitt hit at least 40 percent beyond the arce in five of those seven games.
Over those next 13 games, with Woodall playing in just the Notre Dame game and Saturday's Louisville game, Pitt reached 40 percent in that Oklahoma State game only. Tonight the Panthers hit 11-20, good enough for 55 percent from beyond the arc. Jamie Dixon won't admit it, but this is a team that has proven with Woodall at his best, it somehow opens the door for this team to be a dynamic three-point shooting team.
The question is now, is Woodall back to 100 percent for the remainder of the season, and is this what we can expect from Pitt for the rest of the season? Only time will tell.