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West Virginia center Dent out

11/8/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Senior center Mike Dent won't play for West Virginia tonight against Cincinnati because of a neck injury.

Dent practiced all week, but the team decided Friday he couldn't play. He will be replaced by sophomore Eric Jobe.

It's a key loss, as Dent is one of the best and most experienced centers in the Big East. Jobe has been the backup center all season and has played some, so the snaps shouldn't be a problem. Blocking up front and controlling the play calls, however, could be an issue. Dent's absence might prompt the Mountaineers to look for more rollouts and runs to the perimeter, which is usually their strength anyway.