Pitt basketball head coach Jamie Dixon may have settled on a starting lineup for the team's two exhibition games the past two weekends, but according to him, the lineup isn't set in stone.
In the Panthers' two preseason games, he's started guards Tray Woodall and James Robinson, forwards Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna, and center Steven Adams. Robinson was a bit of a surprise since he's a true freshman, but the others were expected. However, Dixon might not be done tinkering around. He even went as far as to say it was unlikely the starters remained unchanged from here on out:
"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."
That's not all that surprising and you can expect to see most of the experimenting done in the non-conference season as Pitt readies itself for Big East play. But most interesting will be if the freshmen can keep their current roles. Steven Adams was expected to be a starter, but with a fairly slow preseason, Dixon could go with the more experienced Dante Taylor. And while Robinson looked good in Pitt's last preseason game, the coach may go with a backcourt of Woodall and transfer Trey Zeigler at some point if Zeigler's offense is too good to ignore.
Even if the lineup remains the same, it looks like Dixon is at least thinking about making some changes.