Originally written November 19, 2012 on UM Hoops:
In preparation of Michigan’s NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal against Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening, we reached out to Anson Whaley from Cardiac Hill to glean some insights about the Panthers. Pittsburgh sits at 4-0, after escaping an upset bid from Oakland over the weekend, and will provide the Wolverines toughest challenge to date. What went wrong for Pittsburgh last season and will this year be different? Why or why not? Pitt had a multitude of things go wrong last year. For one, Tray Woodall, the team’s starting point guard, missed a good number of games with a hernia injury and even when he came back, he wasn’t the same player and was clearly still not fully recovered. Starting senior Nasir Robinson played the entire year, but it was widely reported late in the season that he had significant knee issues and wasn’t close to 100% all season. Senior guard Ashton Gibbs’ shot completely disappeared as well. Then mix in the fact that Khem Birch, possibly the highest rated recruit in th...
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