Tennessee wasn't as good as they have been in the recent past, and in fact the Panthers were a slight favorite on the road, but this was still an impressive win.
Ashton Gibbs never will have point guard skills but he will go down as one of the best pure shooters in Pitt history. He didn't shoot well today, however, going 7 for 26 from the field and 1 for 6 from three, but he had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, not to mention a key tie up at the end of the game.
Khem Birch was up to one and half straight games of lackluster play but that changed in the second half, especially on defense and rebounding, his two specialties. He ended up with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a couple of blocks, but they were well timed.
I don't think John Johnson is going to be the point guard of the future, that's reserved for James Robinson, but they may have found their SG of the future. A 5'11" SG is not ideal but he may be too good not to start. Even better would be an elite good sized SG entering the program so that Johnson could be a topnotch third guard.
Nasir Robinson got back on track with 16 points and 6 rebounds while going 8 of 11 from the field.
Cameron Wright got his first start and went 0-6 from the field. Still don't know how much he's going to offer in the future.
I wrote the other day about the two options Jamie Dixon had in replacing Travon Woodall. He clearly chose the wrong one. Johnson ended up with 8 points an 3 assists, plus the breakaway basket to seal the game. The kid has balls of steel.
Bad free throw shooting at the end almost cost the Panthers. Both Lamar Patterson and Dante Taylor missed the front end of one and ones (Taylor twice) with less than a minute to go.