Morgantown, West Virginia – During West Virginia’s 77-81 loss at Baylor last night, senior guard Taz Sherman was injured when a Baylor defender hit him across the face as Sherman penetrated towards the basket.
Sherman fell to the ground and had to be taken back to the locker room following the hit. After the game, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins confirmed that Sherman had a concussion and was extremely frustrated with the fact that no foul was called on the play.
“I’m not sure what to say,” Huggins said. “We got a guy laying in there with a concussion. He’s dribbling the ball and he gets a concussion and they don’t even stop the play.”
Play-by-play announcer Tony Caridi then asked, “Did you see what happened and how Taz got hurt?” Huggins angrily replied, “Yes, yes I did!”
In real time, it was difficult to determine what happened, but after watching the replay several times, it really appears to be a reach-in foul on Baylor with an inadvertent blow to the face. Sherman was leaning in as he penetrated and at the same time, the Baylor defender was reached in to steal the ball. It was certainly a foul, but it was absolutely not a “punch to the face” or a deliberately hard foul, as many people have implied.
Hopefully Taz Sherman is okay and will be back in action with the Mountaineers soon! Sherman posted an emoji of a thumbs up today to let West Virginia fans know that he’s doing okay.
Check out the reply below:
This is a standard reach in foul. Not at all a dirty player by the Baylor defender. pic.twitter.com/NS81eEDEFs
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) February 1, 2022