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Pittsburgh has another breakdown in NCAAs

Published: Thursday, March 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Wichita State Chadrack Lufile, left, fights for the ball with Pittsburgh's Steven Adams during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 21, 2013.  (George Frey, Associated Press) Wichita State Chadrack Lufile, left, fights for the ball with Pittsburgh's Steven Adams during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 21, 2013. (George Frey, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — This was supposed to be a comeback season for Pittsburgh after failing to make the NCAA tournament last year.

But a quarterfinal loss to Syracuse in the Big East tourney and a 73-55 thumping at the hands of Wichita State on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament had coach Jamie Dixon feeling bad for his players.

"I'm sorry for our seniors to go out this way. They had great careers, and won a lot of games for us," Dixon said of Dante Taylor and Tray Woodall, who wept during postgame interviews.

Dixon, the subject of speculation surrounding the head coaching job at Southern California, said "Well, yes," when asked whether he expected to be back at Pitt (24-9).

"I just had my point guard break down here," he added quickly. "That's the farthest thing from my mind."

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