On Saturday, in a 72-51 victory in opposition to McNeese State, Pitt was with out its greatest participant. And if issues unfold as some imagine, it will likely be with out him even longer than that.
Senior ahead Ryan Luther, who’s one in every of three gamers within the ACC averaging a minimum of 10 factors and 10 rebounds per game, can be out “at least” a few weeks with a stress response in his proper foot, Pitt coach Kevin Stallings mentioned Saturday following his crew’s win. The harm impacts the third metatarsal bone in his foot.
“We’re hoping it would get higher right here inside a few weeks,” Stallings mentioned.
Stallings mentioned Luther knowledgeable coaches of discomfort in his foot on Thursday, after a comparatively mild week for the Panthers during which they had been off Sunday and Wednesday, and practiced for a mixed two hours and 25 minutes on Monday and Tuesday.
Luther was, as Stallings put it, skittish about his discomfort as a result of this isn’t the primary time the Gibsonia native and Hampton graduate has had an issue of some kind along with his proper foot, one thing that makes his present ailment all of the extra regarding.
Last season, he missed 12 games attributable to a stress fracture within the second metatarsal bone in his proper foot. During that stretch, his crew went Three-9 and noticed its NCAA match hopes get dealt a devastating blow. Pitt finally completed the season 16-17, its first dropping marketing campaign since 2000.
While “a couple” of weeks remains to be comparatively obscure, Luther’s harm may drive him to overlook the Panthers’ ACC opener, which comes at residence in opposition to No. 6 Miami on Dec. 30, two weeks from Saturday.
This season, Luther leads all Pitt gamers in scoring (12.7 factors per game), rebounding (10.1 per game) and minutes performed (32.5 per game).
Against McNeese State — which is 2-7 this season, with no wins in opposition to Division I groups and a rating of 329th (of 351 groups) on KenPom.com – the Panthers needed to rely extra closely on sophomore ahead Kene Chukwuka, in addition to uncooked freshmen massive males Terrell Brown and Peace Ilegomah, the latter of whom has been battling a case of turf toe.