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Pat Suemnick’s sickness might throw one other monkey wrench into WVU’s plans

MORGANTOWN — Simply whenever you constructed somewhat momentum, proper?

That needed to be working via the thoughts of WVU males’s basketball coach Josh Eilert on Tuesday, because the Mountaineers have been simply minutes away from boarding a bus for the Pittsburgh airport.

The ultimate vacation spot was Norman, Okla., and a date with Fifteenth-ranked Oklahoma at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Sooners (13-3, 1-2 Large 12) have dropped two-straight league video games in opposition to TCU and Kansas, whereas being shut down from 3-point vary in each video games.


In the meantime, WVU (6-10, 1-2) simply beat then-No. 25 Texas and did so with ahead Pat Suemnick persevering with to emerge as an offensive menace.

“I get a textual content this morning that (Suemnick) has give you an sickness,” Eilert delivered the information. “He’s going to be checked out right here by the medical doctors and trainers to see what he’s obtained occurring. We’ll attempt to isolate him as a lot as we are able to, as we journey to Pittsburgh.”

Eilert didn’t rule Suemnick out in opposition to the Sooners, however these Mountaineers haven’t had a lot good luck to this point.

“You by no means know whenever you’re going to get that decision within the morning to listen to somebody has come down with one thing,” Eilert continued. “Pat is that man right now.”

Suemnick is averaging just below 10 factors per recreation over WVU’s final 4 contests, nevertheless it’s his 6-foot-8 body and 235 kilos of muscle the Mountaineers would miss probably the most if he’s unable to play.

Oklahoma has loads of measurement down low with Pitt switch John Hugley (6-10, 275) and Sam Godwin (6-10, 235).

Then once more, adjusting on the fly is what this season has been about for the Mountaineers.

They went 9 video games with out their place to begin guard, 10 video games with out their main scorer and have performed six video games now with out their beginning heart.

WVU has tried extra defenses than the Pentagon, switching between man-to-man, 2-3 zone and even attempting to power some half-court traps.

“There’s been a whole lot of changes,” Eilert stated. “If one thing’s not working and also you proceed to go to it, that makes zero sense from a training standpoint.”

What could have been the plan one week could not have been the plan the subsequent. So many X’s and O’s have been drawn that WVU’s recreation plans are seemingly starting to appear like the Matrix.

How do the gamers sustain with all of it?

“It’s a ache within the butt for the whole program,” Eilert stated. “As quickly as the children study a brand new protection and work out the strategy and the approach, you begin to change issues.

“Some guys choose it up. The veterans choose it up loads faster. You’ve obtained higher-IQ youngsters who choose it up quicker, however everybody has obtained to be related.”

In opposition to the Sooners, WVU will face a guard tandem in Javian McCollum and Otega Oweh, who mix for almost 30 factors a recreation.

McCollum is a switch from Siena, whereas Oweh is probably going in line for the Large 12’s most-improved participant. In a span of 1 season, the sophomore has gone from 4.8 to 14.2 factors per recreation.

“McCollum is a extremely good participant and doubtless among the finest guards in our league,” Eilert stated. “They’ve a whole lot of items that work rather well collectively and so they actually complement one another.”


WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Lloyd Noble Heart, Norman, Okla.
TV: ESPN+ (On-line subscription wanted)