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Taz Sherman: Status of West Virginia guard for game against Texas Tech on Saturday

We take a look at what it means for the Mountaineers here.

Taz Sherman of the West Virginia Mountaineers takes a foul shot during a college basketball game against the Baylor Bears at the WVU Coliseum on January 18, 2022 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Update — Sherman will not play for the Mountaineers against Texas Tech on Saturday due to a concussion. WVU has lost six games in a row and it looks like that streak has a good shot at being extended with their leading scorer sidelined again.

Sherman was coming off a 29-point performance in a close loss to Baylor this week. With Taz sidelined, the Mountaineers will need to lead on Malik Curry and Sean McNeil for offense. WVU is in last place in the Big 12 and is looking like they’ll miss the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in the past six years.

The West Virginia Mountaineers are looking to snap a six-game losing streak Saturday when they meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Morgantown. West Virginia would love to get leading scorer Taz Sherman back for this contest, but he’s in concussion protocols.

According to head coach Bob Huggins, Sherman remains in concussion protocol and appears unlikely to play Saturday. Huggins was expectedly non-committal on Sherman’s status, so we’ll have to wait and see if he can clear protocols in time. The Mountaineers will miss the guard’s 18.9 points per game if he cannot suit up. Look for Sean McNeil, Jalen Bridges and Malik Curry to take on more responsibility offensively if Sherman can’t play. This is a huge game for the Mountaineers if they want to get back in the NCAA Tournament picture.

Right now at DraftKings Sportsbook, the Mountaineers are listed as a 5-point underdogs. The total sits at 130.5.