For the second straight American Athletic Conference game, the Wichita State men’s basketball team will be missing at least one key starter.
The good news is that after missing Wednesday’s 68-67 loss to Tulane, WSU veterans Dexter Dennis and Morris Udeze will be back in the lineup for Sunday’s noon tip-off against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Koch Arena in a nationally-televised game broadcast on ESPN.
The bad news is that starting point guard Craig Porter, fresh off the best game in his WSU career, will miss Sunday’s game against Cincinnati due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Porter has become an integral part of Wichita State’s team in his second season with the program, running the offense better and smoother than anyone else on the roster. He also showed the ability to become a late-clock option in the offense, multiple times scoring down the stretch against Tulane en route to a career-best performance of 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block.
Qua Grant and Tyson Etienne will be expected to pick up the slack at point guard, while the returns of Dennis and Udeze will at least give the Shockers some of their offensive punch back, not to mention more depth with a total of nine scholarship players against Cincinnati.