Despite being shorthanded for the past two games, the Kansas Jayhawks have developed a rhythm in the absence of Lagerald Vick and Marcus Garrett. Although both players are still key components of this roster, it sound like they'll be out of action this weekend.
Kansas hosts West Virginia on Saturday in the second meeting this year between these two sides. The Jayhawks fell short in Morgantown back in January.
When Bill Self was asked about the availability of Vick and Garrett for tomorrow's game, the head coach made it clear that his team is preparing without them.
Vick took a leave of absence last week and is currently missing the important stretch of his final season. The senior guard is averaging 14.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
As for Garrett, the sophomore guard is nursing an injury to his ankle that has kept him out of the lineup since the start of February.
Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, it appears the team will have to continue competing without two scholarship players for a little longer.
Self said Thursday that Garrett had done “nothing in practice” and added that “he will not go Saturday.”
Self was asked Thursday if there was any change in the status of senior guard Lagerald Vick, who took a leave of absence from the team last week and been away from the team for the past two games. “No. No,” Self said. “No reports on that at all.”
Dedric Lawson and Devon Dotson will be asked to carry the load for Kansas, especially after combining to score 39 points against TCU on the road. Nonetheless, the Jayhawks will need their team at full strength if they want to be conference champions once again.
Kansas is only 1.5 games behind Kansas State for the top record in the Big 12.