It was a bad, bad look for somebody the Herd needed to be the team leader, filling the void left by now-Iowa State star DeAndre Kane. And Pittman, averaging 21.4 points per game, has had plenty of bad looks.
Many have come from the free-throw line, where he is 35 of 72, a smidge on the wrong side of .500. And bear this in mind: He went 10 of 11 in the foulapalooza at Morehead State.
So yank out the good game and he's 25 of 63 - just on the wrong side of .400.
He was on the wrong side of the "flagrant-two" rule, and is on the wrong side of a misdemeanor battery charge, the latter which is scheduled for trial on a game day in January. Pittman was tossed for an elbow to the neck five minutes into the home game against Western Kentucky, in which the Herd roared back from a 16-point deficit to win going away.
That was clearly the Herd's best game of the nine-game season, at least in the last 30 minutes - when Pittman was taking a lengthy shower.
So was that addition by subtraction, something the thinned-out Herd could experience tonight?
"Hard to tell. That was the only measuring stick we have," Herrion said. "That was a unique set of circumstances. We'll see; we'll find out."
Yes, we will. I don't give the Herd a great shot tonight, but it may be better than it was a week ago.
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