Jamie Dixon not done tinkering with Pitt's starting lineup?

Jim McIsaac

Pitt's had the same starting lineup for the two exhibition games. In the backcourt, it's been freshman James Robinson and senior Tray Woodall. The forwards have been juniors Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson, and at center, it's been freshman Steven Adams.

But even though that appears to be the starting lineup, head coach Jamie Dixon says it's still a bit up in the air. When asked if the starting lineup is set after the Hawaii-Hilo, Dixon was anything but committed to the group:

"No, not at all. As I said last week, the guys we have out right now are our best defenders. I think James and Tray are the best guard defenders, John’s right there. On the perimeter we’re still trying to find at the other position. In the post, Talib is probably are best defender there. Steve and Dante are neck and neck as far as that, so that’s what we’re looking at right now. I don’t anticipate that being the starting line-up for the rest of the year."

Now, that said, I expect that will be the starting lineup to at least start the season next Friday. Woodall and Zanna look like givens to me. James Robinson has played well enough in the preseason and Lamar Patterson showed too much last year to have his spot stripped. Steven Adams hasn't been that impressive offensively, but he has rebounded fairly well, averaging eight boards a game.

If J.J. Moore or Dante Taylor got a chance to start, it wouldn't be a huge surprise. And as Dixon suggests, someone will likely play themselves into (or out of) the starting lineup. But for next Friday's game, I expect we'll see the same lineup we've seen in the two preseason contests.

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