May only miss one game

Updated: December 2, 2003, 3:40 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Center Robert Whaley will have surgery for torn cartilage in his knee but may only miss one of Cincinnati's games if his recovery goes well.

The university revealed Tuesday that Whaley tore cartilage in his left knee during practice two weeks ago. The 6-foot-10 junior college transfer played in the first three games for the No. 19 Bearcats, averaging 7 points but only 2.7 rebounds.

Coach Bob Huggins benched him in the second half of a 76-56 win over Coppin State on Saturday night after he managed only one rebound in 18 minutes.

Whaley will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for two-to-four weeks. The Bearcats (3-0) planned to hold him out of their game Tuesday at Valparaiso and don't have another game for 15 days.

The Bearcats are counting on Whaley, who gives them the scoring threat they lacked at center last season. Whaley averaged 16.9 points and 7.7 rebounds last season at Barton County Community College in Kansas.

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