PITTSBURGH — Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs, who has missed the last two games to a sprained MCL, will return to the active lineup Saturday when the No. 4 Panthers travel to New York to play St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

Adam Zagoria, who covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv, reports Gibbs is physically fit enough to play Wednesday against South Florida, but is planning to return Saturday against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden instead.

That is good news for Pitt (23-2, 11-1), which leads the rest of the Big East by two games. The Panthers play South Florida Wednesday night — one of the worst teams in the conference — and Jamie Dixon is smart to sit Gibbs, given Pitt should have no problem beating the Bulls. Any extra rest for Gibbs helps.

Gibbs, Pitt’s leading scorer with 16.3 points per game, will be needed down the stretch as the Panthers play West Virginia, No. 16 Louisville, USF again and No. 15 Villanova in their final four regular season games.

On the football front, Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick has decided he will pass up his final year of eligibility and focus on graduate school. Bostick anchored the Panthers offense in the two biggest wins under Dave Wannstedt — a four-overtime victory at Notre Dame and a 13-9 win at West Virginia, dashing the Mountaineers hopes of playing for a national championship.

Bostick backed up Tino Sunseri last season. Many of the players and coaches spoke of Bostick as one of the brightest football minds on the team.

Kolby Gray, once a quarterback recruit, will move from defensive back to quarterback on the depth chart.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog

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