Sagaba Konate ‘Game Time Decision’ Vs. Texas Tech

Sagaba Konate ‘Game Time Decision’ Vs. Texas Tech


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate, who has not appeared in a Mountaineer game since Dec. 8, could dress and play in the Big 12 quarterfinals against Texas Tech on Wednesday evening.

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West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate lifts a jumper during light work

Two different sources confirmed that Konate could be available, although there were no guarantees he would play, with one noting that it would be a game time decision.

Konate has been slowly increasing his participation in practices. In the open session at the Sprint Center on Tuesday, he participated in a few low-impact drills, but sat out some others. West Virginia also had closed sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, but there was no report if he was more involved in those sessions.

Konate declined to speak with the media after the Mountaineers’ 72-71 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday evening. He was vocal and animated on the WVU bench, as he has been for most of the games he has missed.

In eight games this season, Konate averaged 13 points and eight rebounds. In his final contest to date, he broke the school’s career blocked shot record with seven against Pitt.

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    Sagaba Konate ‘Game Time Decision’ Vs. Texas Tech KANSAS CITY, Mo. — West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate, who has not appeared in a Mountaineer game
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    #86078

    🤔…

    #86079

    I’d be very surprised if Sags plays any more this season.  This is most likely a tactic to get TTU coaching staff distracted.

    #86082

    Love it!  Even if it’s just food for Texas Tech, it’s fun to imagine.  We really needed Konate last night once the refs clearly targeted Culver literally everytime he touched someone.  Thankfully Routt and Gordon soaked up time and I was very pleasantly surprised to see how well they performed.

    Anyways, fun stuff.  Tonight is clearly the “Shock the World” moment, let’s see how the boys run with a win under their belt now.

    "Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't. "

    - Jerry West

    #86083

    No predictions here, but the info we were provided was given in good faith, we believe.

    Say TT knows that Sags is playing. Does it change their approach much?

    #86086

    I don’t think it changes anything for Texas Tech.  I think they’d just recognize that WVU got deeper and more talented in the power forward position and that’s it.  It’ll definitely make it A LOT more difficult to attack the rim, but if anything it just gives WVU more bodies to fight foul trouble.  Chris Beard is one of the best IMO, he’ll probably continue the attack inside regardless, but Konate shot blocking bonanza will make you second guess your approach which could make all the difference in pivotal points in the game.

     

    Willis Reed moment 🙂

    "Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't. "

    - Jerry West

    #86087

    So Kevin, any tibits from your source as to whether Sags goes NBA next year or returns to WVU?

    #86108

    He, Culver and Mathews together, even if for the first time is exciting. That is a ton of talent, albeit raw, on the front line.

    #86112

    On one hand I’d love to see Sags play the rest of this year and next.   On the other hand I don’t know that it would be in the long term a positive for this team.  What do you do with Sags, OT, Derek at the same time with Haley, West and the JC 2G’s/F’s that we are looking at? Then what happens when/if Culver leaves next year with Sags?  Lots of questions to be answered.

    #86116

    saw a quote from Caridi …. “Jerry West will get more minutes against TT than Sags”

     

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    #86131

    So Kevin, any tibits from your source as to whether Sags goes NBA next year or returns to WVU?

    No decision or lean in that regard yet. Sags declined to talk yesterday, and I am pretty sure he will do so again today.

    This is totally my speculation, but saw a couple of mock drafts that went both rounds (and beyond) yesterday, and he was not on either one. Take that with several thousand grains of sand.

    #86133

    With the analysis he received last year from the NBA and based upon his lack of progress in outside shooting he showed before his knee problems kept him on the bench I would seriously doubt that he would be picked up by any NBA team.

    If he goes pro it would be overseas.

    I guess it all depends on if he wants to play pro or NBA on whether he comes back.

    #86136

    No predictions here, but the info we were provided was given in good faith, we believe. Say TT knows that Sags is playing. Does it change their approach much?

    I don’t see any reason for them to change their game plan.  They should have a prepared alternative plan ready if Sags actually gets on the court and make the adjustment if necessary depending on Sag’s performance.

    Coaches prepare a team for a best plan of attack that they think or know the opposition will tend to do and plan to make the opposition unsuccessful.  If a wildcard like Sags enters you make the changes necessary to minimize altering the original game plan.

    Athletes are better primed for success when they know their performance expectations especially in a team oriented sport.

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