Bring on the Knights

In the first game that actually matters for the Panthers, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights come to the Pete at 7pm. Not really too much to say about this game, other than that Pitt is 63-0 all-time against teams from the NorthEast Conference, and we can’t expect too much from a team that went 8-20 and loses three of it’s top 4 scorers. They do return Sean Baptiste (18.5 ppg), a 6’3″ guard who will most likely be handled by one of Pitt’s strongest on-ball defenders, Jermaine Dixon, so hopefully their top threat should be no threat to a strong Panther squad. The Knights also reobtain the services of point guard Cameron Tyler (14.3 ppg, 5.1 apg in 2006-07) after he sat out last year for academic issues.

On Pitt’s side, the starting lineup should be Ashton Gibbs, Jermaine Dixon, Sam Young, Tyrell Biggs, and DeJuan Blair. Expect to see a good amount of Brad Wanamaker and Travon Woodall in the backcourt with Nasir Robinson and Gary McGhee playing solid minutes up front. Because Gil Brown is injured, the Panthers have no true backup at small forward, and should go with a 3-guard lineup whenever Sam Young is out. Jamie Dixon put out quite a few different looks in the exhibition games and I would hope to see that wide variety of lineups continue based on Fairleigh-Dickinson’s lineup. Levance Field is still injured for this game, and Dwight Miller will in all likelihood take a redshirt this season. His depth in the front court will be necessary only if injuries occur, and he’s a player who could use the extra year of work at the college level before getting some serious minutes, especially after Biggs graduates.


3 Responses to “Bring on the Knights”

  1. Michael Says:

    those guys were DICKS

  2. Melanie Says:

    What do you guys think about that thread on rivals blasting you for the 50 sucks chant?I think those fucks need to calm down and enjoy the win.

  3. Merlin Says:

    See what I wrote in the above post for my thoughts on the “50 sucks” chant, but for the most part, I agree.

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