Clutch Performer: Levance Fields

John ManzoContributor IMarch 28, 2009

You will not hear the name Levance Fields in any discussions for the Naismith Award this season, but who better to take the last shot than Fields? Thursday night Fields cemented his legacy at Pittsburgh as a clutch performer who carries the Panthers on his back during crunch time.

Down one in the Sweet 16 match versus mid-major Xavier, Levance Fields not only hit a contested three, he sunk the three pointer from NBA range. Knowing the game was still not in Pittsburgh's control, Fields intercepted the passing lane and glided all the way to the basket on his way to the Elite Eight along with the rest of his Pittsburgh teammates.

"They pushed us around in the first half, but we responded in the second half like we usually do," Dixon said. "Like I've said before, I never get tired of seeing Levance take big shots. He's made them year after year." (qtd. in

Levance Fields has made many big shots in his four year career at Pittsburgh and he clearly does not want to see it end as he has hit big shots versus Oklahoma State and Xavier to keep the run alive.

Fields, who also hit a game winning three pointer to beat Duke last season, is beginning to gain a reputation for knocking down huge shots.

Next up for these "cardiac cats" is Villanova. The Wildcats upset Pittsburgh earlier in the year at home, but in the NCAA Tournament anything can happen, but Pittsburgh will enter the game as clear favorites once again.

If this basketball game comes down to the wire, look for Fields to attempt a shot for the tie or win. Advice to Jay Wright and Villanova: Deny Fields the ball.