PEORIA, Ill. —Wichita State guard David Kyles' season could be finished. It depends on how well his teammates play in the coming weeks.
Kyles, a sophomore from Dallas, broke the third metacarpal in his right hand during Monday's practice. He is expected to be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks. That means the Shockers likely need to advance a round or two in a postseason tournament for Kyles to return.
"David had just started to play some of his best basketball of late including 11 points at Utah State," WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. "This is unfortunate for him as well as the team, and we will need others to step up in his absence."
Marshall said the injury happened while Kyles was fighting through a screen while guarding freshman Tyler Richardson.
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"I didn't even notice," Marshall said. "It was just a play, an unfortunate play obviously. It's going to be several weeks, so that could possibly be the rest of the season."
Freshman Demetric Williams is the likely recipient of more playing time. Williams, normally the backup point guard, is gaining Marshall's trust with improved play in recent games. He played a season-high 22 minutes against Evansville last week. In his past four games, Williams has averaged 16.5 minutes, 5.8 points and committed three turnovers.
With Kyles sidelined and forward Gabe Blair slowed by a bruised left thigh, Marshall is unsure how his lineup will look. Both reserves played well in recent games.
"It's hard to change lineups when you don't have some of your guys," he said.
WSU (22-7, 11-5 MVC) can finish no lower than third in the conference and would wrap up second with a win and a loss by Illinois State. Bradley (14-13, 8-8) can avoid the play-in round of the MVC Tournament with a win. The Braves can finish as high as a tie for third or as low as a tie for eighth.