Cincinnati shrugs off travel woes for win at Wichita State

Cincinnati's charter flight to Wichita, Kansas, was canceled on Wednesday evening, forcing the men's basketball team to land just before 1 p.m. ET on Thursday -- hours before its 7 p.m. tipoff against Wichita State.

The travel issues couldn't keep the Bearcats down as they improved to 15-7 on the season with an 80-79 victory.

Storms combined with travel plans after Wednesday's practice on a late-arriving plane prevented the Bearcats from leaving on Wednesday night. They landed in Wichita at 12:40 p.m. ET.

Bearcats coach John Brannen said his players were "tired" and "exhausted" after the game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"We're starting to learn how to handle adversity," Brannen said. "This is a heck of an environment. This is one of the top environments in college basketball, outside of [Cincinnati's] Fifth Third Arena I think, so this is a situation where our guys are starting to learn how to handle that and a big part of it is because of our veterans."

It has been a tough road recently for Cincinnati, as one of its players, Mamoudou Diarra, was bitten by Houston guard DeJon Jarreau during a fight for a loose ball last week, and two players in the Bearcats' frontcourt -- Jay Sorolla and Trevor Moore -- both left the team midseason.