Wichita State is off to a fast start this season thanks to the performance of Carl Hall. Hall leads the team in scoring and rebounding through their first 10 games.
Hall recently broke his thumb and the Shockers will be without their top player for a month. It won’t be easy for Wichita State to replace 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks every game, but hopefully a bench player steps up and takes the most of their opportunity.
As a mid-major, Wichita State cannot afford to lose a couple of games that they should win during the month stretch they will be playing without Hall.
Luckily they will be facing a very soft out of conference schedule leading into conference play and avoiding No. 17 ranked Creighton in their early conference schedule. The next month will be crucial for the Shockers and we will learn a lot about them as a team.
Hall will probably try and comeback on January 19th to face Creighton. It is Wichita State’s most difficult conference foe and is a key game for both teams.
That contest is about exactly a month away and I can see Hall playing even if he is not 100%. If Hall is feeling good and wants to get in a game before the Creighton one, he might try and return on January 16th to face Illinois State.
Wichita State will learn a lot about the type of team they have while playing without Carl Hall. If the Shockers don’t lose a game in his absence, this injury will only help the team for the rest of the season.