WVU Sports with Tom Bragg

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The talk of the day heading into Thursday’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinal matchup between West Virginia and Texas Tech was all about WVU’s Sagaba Konate.

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West Virginia beat Oklahoma on Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament for several reasons, but perhaps none was more important than the Mountaineers toughness down the stretch. It’s an trait this particular WVU team has lacked at times this season and it shows in its overall record.

On Wednesday, however, the mostly young Mountaineers put on a throw-back performance for Bob Huggins and were rewarded with a trip to the conference quarterfinals, where they will play league co-champion Texas Tech later this evening.

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Rumors that had been floating around the Sprint Center all day Wednesday picked up some steam late Thursday with a report that West Virginia University junior forward Sagaba Konate will be a game-time decision for the Mountaineers on Thursday when they take on Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.

Mike Casazza from 247Sports is reporting that sources indicate Konate could be on the floor Thursday against the Red Raiders. Konate has not played since West Virginia’s early December win in Morgantown against rival Pitt.

Konate was limited but did participate in a team shoot around Tuesday at the Sprint Center. He did not dress but was on the bench for Wednesday’s wild win against No. 7 seed Oklahoma.

I reckon we’ll know more about this as we get close to Thursday’s 7 p.m. tip-off against Texas Tech. Stay tuned.

Hi gang. Checking in courtside from the Sprint Center in Kansas City. If you’re paying attention, and I know you are, you know Oklahoma State and TCU are playing tonight’s first game before WVU tangles with Oklahoma later this evening in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

The Mountaineers did their session with the media here yesterday while I was en route to Kansas City, and it was mostly the basic, day before a tournament stuff — the Mountaineers are going to play hard and aren’t scared of anybody and think nobody wants to play them right now etc. etc.

What was a little bit odd, at least this season, was the sight of Sagaba Konate participating in WVU’s shootaround. It got people talking, that’s for sure.

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