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Pitt's Robinson returns Monday; 3rd guard open

Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 9:55 am
By Jeff Goodman

Jamie Dixon said that Nasir Robinson should return sooner than expected and is scheduled to practice on Monday.

Robinson had surgery a couple weeks ago on his injured knee.

That'll give Pittsburgh a full team, one that's led by senior guard Ashton Gibbs.

Dixon said that Gibbs and veteran reserve guard Travon Woodall will likely start together in the backcourt - giving the Panthers two guys who can both handle the ball and run the team (Gibbs will play the two with Woodall and will move to the point when Woodall is out).

"There's no sense not having both guys handle the ball," Dixon said.

Dixon has no shortage of frontcourt guys with Dante Taylor, Robinson, Talib Zanna - and freshmen Khem Birch and Malcolm Gilbert.

Look for sophomores J.J. Moore and Lamar Patterson to split time at the wing spot.

So, if everything looks solidified, why does Dixon sound concerned?

Maybe it's because he has six freshmen and just one senior.

Or maybe it's because he's still waiting for a third guard to emerge from a group that consists of redshirt freshmen Cameron Wright and Isaiah Epps - as well as true freshman John Johnson.

"No one has stepped forward yet," Dixon said.
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