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May only miss one game

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.