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Bob Huggins Says Emmitt Matthews is ‘Ready to Go’ for Big 12 Opener



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WVU head coach Bob Huggins said forward Emmitt Matthews is ready to go against Kansas State in the Big 12 opener on Saturday. Matthews has missed the previous two games with a knee injury.

“He’s going to play,” Huggins said on Thursday. “He’s ready to go.”

Huggins went as far as to say that Matthews will be fine. Matthews returned to practice this week after the Christmas break.

“I think he’ll be fine. Thank goodness it wasn’t a tear, it was a bruise,” Huggins said. “He’s fine.”

Matthews injured the knee early-on against UAB on Dec. 10 but finished the game. The fifth-year senior missed the Buffalo and Stony Brook games, which WVU went 2-0 in that stretch. Matthews is averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists through 10 games.

West Virginia and Kansas State will tipoff at 7 p.m. on Saturday. ESPN+ will carry the broadcast.

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