Tekele Cotton will play Saturday against Tulsa, on that point he is firm.
Cotton, Wichita State’s senior guard, sat out Sunday’s game against Newman to protect a badly jammed middle finger on his right hand. He isn’t practicing this week to protect the finger.
“It’s getting better,” he said. “There’s no question that I’m going to play. The swelling is going down. I’m going to be out there Saturday.”
Cotton jammed the finger against the body of a teammate the day before WSU played Memphis. He played against the Tigers, with the finger taped, and scored 10 points in 28 minutes. He spends his practice time running while his teammates scrimmage and drill on the court next to him.
“I’m sprinting the whole time,” he said. “I’m trying to keep myself in shape and I feel like I’m still in real good shape.”
The ninth-ranked Shockers play Tulsa at 2 p.m. Saturday at Koch Arena. The Hurricane (3-1) defeated Auburn 53-35 on Monday in Las Vegas. Tulsa plays Oklahoma State on 10:35 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2).