SYRACUSE, NY — Less than one hour ahead of Pitt’s game against Syracuse, big man John Hugley is sitting on the bench in street clothes and not warming up with the team, as it appears he will not play for a second-straight game.
Hugley also missed Saturday’s game against North Florida due to “personal reasons,” which Jeff Capel explained after the game.
“He’s fine,” Capel said. “It’s nothing physical, it’s nothing academic, it’s nothing off-the-court, just dealing with some things. We support him, we have his back, and we want to help him.”
Hugley has started six games for the Panthers this season, averaging just over 18 minutes and eight points per game so far.
Hugley suffered a knee injury just before the season which held him out for the first few games. Since returning, he has struggled to reach the production that he posted last season.