The Virginia Tech men's basketball team will be without guard Hunter Cattoor when they host Miami Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum the team announced.
During the Hokies 87-72 victory over Clemson Wednesday night at home, Cattoor dove on the floor for a loose ball and was kicked in the head by accident by a Tigers player in the first half. He left the game under his own power, however, was ruled out of the game against the Hurricanes after two days. Virginia Tech has not said what the injury is, but it's likely a concussion, which is nothing to mess around with.
Thursday, head coach Mike Young gave an update on Cattoor's status to Tech Sideline.
"You know what, I didn’t see him. That was somewhat purposeful. We wanted him away. Hisham [Ziyout] saw him. Hisham came up as soon as he came by and he’s feeling a lot better today. He still has some symptoms. We’ll know more tomorrow morning. Let’s put it that way."
It should not come as a surprise that Cattoor is out of tonight's game, but this is another opportunity for Virginia Tech to use the next-man-up mentality against the Hurricanes, who are coming into the game following a loss at home to Louisville.
Against Clemson, Sean Pedulla had 32 points and Tyler Nickel came off the bench to add 24 on five 3-pointers. They are going to need that type of effort against Miami if they are going to post back-to-back ACC wins and make up for the 13.5 points a game he averages.