When the West Virginia University men’s basketball team takes the court for the first time in two weeks on Saturday against Kansas State, WVU coach Bob Huggins does not yet know who all he will have available.
“Hopefully we find out when the testing’s over with, I guess,” Huggins said Thursday afternoon.
The Mountaineers have been inactive since Monday, Jan. 11, when the team first announced that some games would be postponed. Due to COVID-19 protocols, WVU first postponed a game against Baylor and the following day announced postponements of the team’s next two games, against TCU and Oklahoma State.
Huggins was not able to disclose how many players were available or unavailable over the last two weeks, but he did say those that were available were able to be in the gym and work out.
“The guys that we had available, I think their conditioning will be fine, I have no idea about those other guys,” Huggins said. “In 43 years of being in this business, this is unchartered waters.”
Huggins also clarified that just because the team postponed games does not mean there was a wide-spread outbreak. He explained that things like contract tracing and WVU’s internal protocols played a role.
“I think people think everybody got it,” Huggins said. “Everybody didn’t get it. It’s the other things that come along with it.”
West Virginia will tip-off against Kansas State at 4 p.m. EST Saturday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.