Sunday, March 28, 2010

Truck Bryant cleared for the Final Four

Word out of Syracuse last night was that West Virginia's Truck Bryant, who broke a bone in his foot on Tuesday in practice, will be available to go for the Final Four.

Brett McMurphy of Fanhouse broke the story:

Bryant, who broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during practice Tuesday in Morgantown, said he was cleared by team doctors Friday to play in the Final Four if West Virginia advanced.

"I'm in pain, but I'll be fine, Bryant told FanHouse in the locker room after the Mountaineers' 73-66 win over Kentucky. "That's what the shoe is for to keep the pain away. I can't hurt it anymore.

"This is a special time of the year when you have to step up, when you make your name as a team and an individual."
Joe Mazzulla started at point guard last night for West Virginia and played the game on his life. But without Bryant in uniform, West Virginia only had one ball handler available, which created a tricky situation for West Virginia as Mazzulla got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out late in the game.

There's no telling how healthy Bryant will actually be. When 100%, he is a creator and a scorer off the dribble. As good as Mazzulla played last night, having Bryant available as well will only help the Mountaineers.

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