Defensive battle expected between Pitt, Wichita St., Hall-Adams figures to be key matchup

Wichita State senior Carl Hall wanted a new look for his last hurrah, especially with a huge test coming up against Pittsburgh 7-footer Steven Adams on Thursday in the Shockers' NCAA tournament opener.

Hall shed his dreadlocks as the ninth-seeded Shockers geared up for the No. 8 Panthers.

The 6-3, 238-pound Hall said he just wanted to try something different and come out looking and playing like a new person in the NCAAs.

While Pitt (24-8) and Wichita State (26-8) in many ways are mirror images of each other because of their emphasis on defense, there is a major difference in the battle of bigs. Hall is a 23-year-old sixth-year senior from Georgia and Adams a 19-year-old freshman from New Zealand.