Pitt basketball notebook: Freshmen Adams, Robinson make starting debuts
• Center Steven Adams and guard James Robinson are both expected to start Friday. It will be the first time that Pitt has started two freshmen in a game since Jan. 6, 2004. Chris Taft and Antonio Graves — who was filling in for injured Carl Krauser — started that game. Coach Jamie Dixon said he doesn't expect the same starting five to last all season, but the group that includes guard Tray Woodall and forwards Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna started both exhibition games. “Right now they're defending the best,” Dixon said. “I hope some guys make some strides, make some improvements.”
• Dixon said Robinson could be their best perimeter defender. “He's strong, he's got good size, good understanding and very good lateral quickness, that's the thing that stands out about him,” he said.
• Woodall returned to practice Wednesday after missing several days due to illness.
• Dixon said they don't know a lot about Mount St. Mary's because coach Jamion Christian is new to the program. At 30 years old, Christian is the third-youngest coach in Division I and came to the Mountaineers after serving as an assistant at VCU.
• Pitt has won 15 straight season openers and is 72-33 all-time dating to 1905-06. They have won 21 of the last 22 openers, with the lone loss coming against Illinois State, 69-50, on Nov. 24, 1996.
— Karen Price
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Reports: Steelers trade for Jaguars kicker Scobee
- Biden to visit Pittsburgh on Labor Day
- RB Williams believes he’s making seamless transition to Steelers
- New Kensington police seek shooting suspect
- Rillton man charged in crash that killed fellow firefighter
- LaBar: Sting making history fighting for WWE title
- Rossi: Continuing legend of Pirate Ray
- No certainty for Pirates’ call-up veterans
- Man struck by vehicle in Indiana dies of injuries
- Allegheny County prosecutors to retry arsonist convicted of setting deadly 1995 Valentine’s Day fire
- Goodell, Brady await judge’s ‘Deflategate’ ruling