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Cat Barber's knee injury leaves his short-term status uncertain

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NC State point guard Cat Barber suffered a knee injury in the second half of the Wolfpack's loss to Duke on Saturday afternoon, and that setback limited Barber's  effectiveness the rest of the game. His status in the near-term is unclear, and Mark Gottfried didn't have any details to offer when asked about the injury.

"It'll be a wait and see in the next probably 24-48 hours," Gottfried said during the ACC coaches' teleconference Monday. "I do not anticipate him practicing [Monday] but we'll just kinda monitor him over the next couple of days."

Gottfried added that Cody Martin would replace Barber at point guard if Barber can't play against Georgia Tech on Wednesday. (Who else could it be?)

Obviously, missed time by Barber is not something NC State can afford. Heck, most nights the Wolfpack can barely afford to get Cat a few minutes of rest. But this is just the kind of season it's been. We'll have to hope he's well enough to go against the Yellow Jackets, and regardless, continue the gritting of teeth through this year.