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A tale of 2 schools: How Pitt and Wichita State stack up, on and off the court

- Lorin Maazel
Lorin Maazel
ASSOCIATED PRESS - The 325 on the bat held by shortstop Dick Groat of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands for the.325 batting average that won the National League batting championship for Groat. Groat cracked a single in four trips to the plate against the Milwaukee Braves in the closing game of the regular season, edging, Norm Larker of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the title on Oct. 2, 1960 in Pittsburgh.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>ASSOCIATED PRESS</em></div>The 325 on the bat held by shortstop Dick Groat of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands for the.325 batting average that won the National League batting championship for Groat. Groat cracked a single in four trips to the plate against the Milwaukee Braves in the closing game of the regular season, edging, Norm Larker of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the title on Oct. 2, 1960 in Pittsburgh.

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Category Pitt Wichita State

Nickname Panthers Shockers

Mascot Kills Prey Wheat

Conference Big East Missouri Valley

NCAA appearances 24 10

Sweet 16 7 4

Elite Eight 3 3

Final Four 1 (1941) 1 (1965)

X-Man Carl Krauser Xavier McDaniel

Going for Gold in '36 John Woodruff, 800 meters Francis Johnson and Jack Ragland, basketball

Former Bucco Shortstop Dick Groat Pat Meares

They Manage Ken Macha Eric Wedge

Love their Lombardi Mike Ditka Bill Parcells

Seahawk Sam Clancy Adkins

Squared Circle Matt Bloom (Prince Albert/Lord Tensai) Paul Wight (The Big Show)

Accomplished author Michael Chabon, Pulitizer Prize winner (fiction), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay Omar Khalidi, chronicler of Hyderabad and champion of minority rights

And the Oscar goes to… Gene Kelly, winner, Singin' in the Rain Shirley Knight, two-time nominee, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs/Sweet Bird of Youth

Silly rabbit Jeff Bergman, voice of Bugs Bunny Bob Hoskins, actor, Who Killed Roger Rabbit?

Out of this World Zelda Rubinstein, actress, Poltergeist Rhonda Aldrich, actress, Star Trek: Next Generation

On a good note Lorin Maazel, conductor, New York Philharmonic Joyce DiDonato, Grammy-winning operatic mezzo-soprano

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