Injury: Pitt loses Jermaine Dixon Until Late November

Posted: September 23, 2009 in Big East, Injuries
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PittPantherLogoThis is old news but better late than never.  Pittsburgh Senior SG and starter Jermaine Dixon broke his right foot for the second time this year and NCAA+Basketball+Tournament+East+Regional+Boston+1f7PfT304pClwill miss at least eight weeks (being as this happened last week it is now down to seven weeks).  Dixon underwent surgery on his foot for the second time and is expected to rejoin the team in late November.  Pittsburgh is hoping he will be back in time for the CBE Classic in Kansas City.

Dixon is the only returning starter from Pittsburgh’s Elite Eight team last season.  Junior Guard Bard Wanamaker is expected to pick up the slack while Dixon is sidelined.

imagesIt’s never good news to hear about an injury especially when it is to a senior.  Looking on the positive side it came early enough before the season that Dixon will not miss many important games and should be back to full health for Big East play.  But now with Dixon sidelined to injury and Gilbert Brown on academic suspension for the fall semester Pittsburgh has suddenly lost their two most experienced players.  Fortunately for Pitt, they should have enough talent to get the job done in the first couple games but will really need Dixon back by late November for the CBE Classic in Kansas City if they hope to be competitive in a potential match-up with Texas.  But than again even if Dixon is back by that time he will still have some rust.  Pittsburgh will have to rely on Brad Wanamaker and stand out Ashton Gibbs to pick up the slack for the injured Dixon and suspended Brown.  Pittsburgh’s out of conference schedule just got a little bit more interesting, but we hope recent events don’t impair them too much and that they come into Big East play with a good record.

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