Pitt basketball has quite a bit of expectation heading into the season. That's what happens when you were a team that was good enough to earn a three seed in the NCAA tournament that returns basically everyone.
But the Panthers will be shorthanded to start the season as news came out today that Nasir Robinson, a 6'5" junior that started 34 games and averaged 6.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg, will be out for up to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his knee. If Robinson does miss the full six weeks, he will be out for as many as ten games.
This could end up being a blessing in disguise, however. Robinson well be healthy by the time Big East play rolls around, but while he is out redshirt freshman Talib Zanna will likely slide into the starting spot. Getting Zanna some experience, and some confidence, early in the season could pay major dividends at the end of the year.