Pitt head coach Jeff Capel commented on the status of Ryan Murphy on Friday, revealing that the guard has made progress since suffering a concussion last Thursday during a team practice. As a result, he was said to be a game-time decision for Pitt’s matchup with Georgia Tech, but it was decided more than an hour before tipoff that he would sit out once more as his recovery is not yet complete.
Onyebuchi Ezeakudo (ankle) and Ryan Murphy (concussion protocol) will miss today’s game against Georgia Tech (2pm l AT&T SportsNet).— Pitt Basketball (@Pitt_MBB) February 8, 2020
Murphy was spotted on the court at the Petersen Events Center by Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday about an hour and a half before Pitt's tipoff with Georgia Tech. However, Meyer noted that Murphy was not in uniform, and minutes later, Murphy's status was officially updated.
In addition to Murphy, the Panthers will also be without Onye Ezeakudo, who saw action in Murphy’s absence in Pitt’s 80-72 loss to Notre Dame in South Bend on Wednesday. During that matchup, Ezeakudo played for four minutes and suffered an ankle injury before he was able to contribute any points.
Murphy is Pitt's top deep-shooting threat, and he leads the team with 110 three-point attempts this season. The former New Mexico Junior College star has connected on 35.5 percent of those shots, and that percentage ranks second on the team behind Xavier Johnson, who has put up 67 three-point attempts, converting on 35.8 percent.
Pitt and Georgia Tech are set to tip off from the Petersen Events Center at 2 p.m. ET.