Junior guard Ashton Gibbs is sidelined with a left knee MCL injury and will not play at West Virginia on Monday.
Gibbs, the team’s leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, was injured in the second half of Pitt’s 71-59 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday. Team officials have not put a timetable on his return, but it’s expected he will be out 10-14 days. Gibbs is coming off a 25-point effort, matching his career high, against Cincinnati and 24 in a 65-52 win at Rutgers.
Sophomore Travon Woodall is expected to start in Gibbs’ place for No. 4 Pitt (21-2, 9-1) at West Virginia (15-7, 6-4).
The Pitt players and coaches are on a bus right now making their way to Morgantown, so coach Dixon isn’t available for comment.
I believe Gibbs was hurt late in the first half after a breakaway layup attempt that he missed and Brad Wanamaker followed up for a basket. He seemed to come down in some discomfort after that play and hobbled a little bit. I’m not certain if that’s when it happened — that means he played the second half on the injury — but I have in my notes that Gibbs looked to be nicked up on that play. Didn’t make anything of it when he played the second half, but I bet that’s when it happened.