Konate Unlikely To Play Saturday In Backyard Brawl

WVU head coach Bob Huggins tells The Fan he doesn't think Konate will play

Shelby Cassesse
December 07, 2018 - 3:14 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pitt basketball may have caught a break as they prepare for the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia Saturday.

WVU head coach Bob Huggins told The Cook and Joe Show that junior forward Sagaba Konate will most likely not play against the Panthers.

"I don't think Konate plays on Saturday," Huggins said on The Fan. "I don't think there's any chance that he does."

At 6'8, 250 pounds, Konate was second in the country with 116 blocked shots last season and is nearing a school record in career blocked shots.

Konate has dealt with a nagging injury that kept him out of the Mountaineers' November 28 game against Rider and limited him in the Jimmy V Classic game against Florida. 

Injury has been a partial cause of West Virginia's uncharacteristically slow start. At 5-3, the Mountaineers have losses to Western Kentucky, Buffalo and Florida. 

Huggins says injury and the loss of Daxter Miles Jr. and Jevon Carter to graduation have been especially difficult to overcome. 

"We lost two great players, probably the best four-year backcourt in the history of the school. They were very good, and they were team guys. Then you think 'okay, our third guard was Beetle Bolden.' Now, we lost him, basically. We lost the best shot blocker in the country."

He added Bolden, who was dealing with injury before the season started, is slowly becoming completely healthy again.

The Panthers and Mountaineers will play Saturday at noon in Morgantown.