Rick Pitino previews the Southern Illinois game for Wednesday night; says Anas Mahmoud will miss the game because of concussion

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino previews the Southern Illinois game for Wednesday night. He says Anas Mahmoud will miss the game because of concussion. Cards tip at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said on Tuesday afternoon that junior backup center Anas Mahmoud would miss at least two more games as he recovers from a concussion.

Mahmoud suffered the concussion last week in a win over Purdue. He didn't travel with the Cardinals (7-1) to Grand Canyon last weekend and will not be dressed for Wednesday nights game against Southern Illinois in the Yum Center.

Pitino said he also expects him to miss Saturday's home game against Texas Southern.

"If you look at the player medical records, then Anas' is this thick since he's been here," Pitino said, holding two fingers about two inches inch apart. "He's been out so much and it's his DNA, his makeup. This is his second concussion. It's probably going to take longer and we're going to err on the side of caution all along the way."

Mahmoud averages 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks a game.

Pitino said the loss of Mahmoud has been good for Matz Stockman, who had 10 points and three rebounds against Grand Canyon.

"Anas is our best shot blocker and he was playing the best of any low-post player," the coach said. "But the good thing is - you always try to look for silver lining - Matz gets the chance to develop. Hopefully Anas will be back by the following week."

Louisville and Southern Illinois will tip at 7 p.m.

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