Pitt junior guard Ashton Gibbs, who missed the past three games with a knee injury, will return to the lineup against St. John's Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
Gibbs had a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee after falling in a game against Cincinnati on Feb. 5.
"It feels good to be back," Gibbs said today after practice. "I'm just tyring to take it day by day. My knee feels good now."
Gibbs, Pitt's leading scorer, said he will either wear a knee brace or tape his knee for the game, but he has not experienced much discomfort the past few days during practice and individual workouts. He also does not expect the knee to be a problem going forward.
"It's close to 100 percent," he said. "I can feel it a little bit, but it's nothing major at all. It's definitely close to 100 percent. I'll just keep taking it day by day, rest it, ice it and keep playing on it."
Gibbs said he has not spoken with coach Jamie Dixon about whether he will start or come off the bench. Dixon did not speak with reporters after practice today. He spoke earlier in the morning on the Big East coaches' conference call and did not divulge his plans for playing Gibbs.