SALT LAKE CITY (AP) 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.
"I just wanted to try something different," the 6-3, 238-pound Hall said Wednesday. "I wanted to be like a new person coming into this tournament, play harder and just give it my all. It's my senior year, so I'm trying to get focused."
While Pitt and Wichita State 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, where the approaching rugby season draws more interest than March Madness.
Adams insists he is "in the moment" despite not knowing a few years ago what the NCAA tournament was.