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Bruce Weber to Miss Second Game Due to COVID Protocols: Report

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Kansas State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber will miss a second straight game due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, per a report by Jon Rothstein.

Rothstein, who covers college basketball for and College Hoops Today, cited a K-State spokesperson as the source. Kansas State will play West Virginia 1 p.m. central time on Saturday.

Weber missed Tuesday’s game with Texas due to COVID, along with most of the Kansas State (8-5, 0-2 in Big 12) roster. The Wildcats had just seven players available, but still put up quite the fight in the 70-57 loss. The Wildcats had just seven scholarship players available for the game.


The good news for K-State is that Rothstein reported that guard Markquis Nowell, who missed the Texas game due to COVID protocols, will return against the Mountaineers. Nowell is the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer with 12.8 points per game.

But, Shane Southwell, the Kansas State assistant coach who served in Weber’s capacity against Texas, is now in COVID protocols, per Rothstein. So, Jermaine Henderson will be the acting head coach for Kansas State.

K-State is off to an 0-2 start in Big 12 play for the third time in four seasons and the first time since 2019-20. The last time the Wildcats started 0-2 and met the Mountaineers, the team posted the largest comeback in school history in 2019.

West Virginia (11-2, 0-1) hasn’t played since its loss to Texas to open Big 12 action on New Year’s Day. The Mountaineers’ scheduled game with TCU, set for Monday, was postponed due to COVID protocols.

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