Washington State could be without Brock Motum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Pitt takes on Washington State on Monday night and it's looking as if they'll have a significant advantage as the Cougars will be without star Brock Motum.
Motum, the Pac-12's leading scorer and the team's leading rebounder isn't likely to play in the first matchup.Motum became injured early in the team's victory against Oregon State on the road in the semifinals and didn't return with a sprained ankle. Now, the reports are that he's unlikely to return for the first game of the finals.
He's on crutches and his coach admits there's a 'slim chance' of him playing. Many coaches don't like divulging important information regarding injuries in hopes of keeping opposing teams off balance. Such an admission could be a trick to catch Pitt of guard, obviously, but I don't think that's the case. I mean, come on - it's the CBI.
If Motum doesn't play, it'd be unfortunate, but an advantage for Pitt. He's a 6'10" forward that can score, rebound, and step out and hit threes. The flip side is that Washington State did just fine without him in the last game, blowing out Oregon State on the road. Still, if you're a Pitt fan, it's hard to think the Cougars are a better team in his absence.
As for the rest of the tournament, it sounds as if there's a better chance he plays in Game 2.