Pitt will face off against Louisville on Tuesday night without its two top scorers, as Justin Champagnie and Au’Diese Toney will both miss the game due to injury issues. Champagnie and Toney both suffered lower-body injuries during practice over the weekend.
Champagnie, who leads Pitt in scoring and is averaging 17.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a knee injury. The Brooklyn native has scored in double figures in all six games he has taken part in this season, and he has posted three double-doubles, including two in a row.
Toney is currently day-to-day with a right ankle injury. The 6’6” junior is averaging 16.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game and has scored 15 or more points in five of Pitt’s six games this season. And thanks largely to Toney and Champagnie’s contributions, Pitt has bounced back from a rocky start that saw the team fall to St. Francis and compiled a 5-1 record.
Also concerning for the team is that Pitt head coach Jeff Capel recently tested positive for COVID-19, meaning he will miss the Pitt-Louisville matchup at the least but could also be forced to miss the subsequent matchup with Duke. As a result, the Panthers could be down a few key contributors for some time.
Pitt and Louisville are set to tip off Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET from the Petersen Events Center.