Emoni Bates, Jalen Duren will play for Memphis basketball vs. Cincinnati

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Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren will be available for Memphis basketball Sunday against Cincinnati.

On Friday, coach Penny Hardaway said the Tigers' high-profile freshmen, along with several teammates, were questionable with various ailments. But the team's radio play-by-play man Dave Woloshin said during the pregame broadcast that Bates and Duren are in line to play when the game tips off at 2:30 p.m. at FedExForum (TV: ABC).

Duren will start, according to Woloshin.

Bates, the Tigers' third-leading scorer (10.8 ppg), has missed the last three games with a finger infection. Duren, second on the team in scoring (11.1) and the leader in rebounding (7.5), did not play earlier this week in a win over Tulsa with a hip issue. Duren also sat out the team's Dec. 29 loss at Tulane due to health and safety protocols (COVID-19).

Landers Nolley II (neck) and Jayden Hardaway (knee) will be available. DeAndre Williams (back), Alex Lomax (ankle) and Chandler Lawson (ankle) will not play Sunday. Williams is the team's leading scorer (11.3) and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3).

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Memphis Tigers guard Emoni Bates sits on the bench with tape on the fingers of his right hand as his team takes on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at FedExForum on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.
Memphis Tigers guard Emoni Bates sits on the bench with tape on the fingers of his right hand as his team takes on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at FedExForum on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

Rounding out the starting lineup for Memphis: Lester Quinones, Earl Timberlake, Malcolm Dandridge and Josh Minott.

Reach sports writer Jason Munz at jason.munz@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter @munzly.

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis basketball's Emoni Bates, Jalen Duren will play vs. Cincinnati

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