According to sources, Indiana sophomore forward Austin Etherington’s left knee injury is a broken knee cap and he is in surgery to repair it this morning. An Indiana spokesman refused to officially confirm that early Sunday morning, however.
A source said Etherington is likely to miss a minimum of six months, which would end his season. Guard Maurice Creek’s first knee injury in 2009 was also fractured knee cap, and that cost him his season as well.
The injury occurred with 2:28 to go in the first half of Saturday’s game. Etherington stepped into the lane to attempt to take a charge from Central Connecticut State’s Terrell Allen. The two appeared to make knee-to-knee contact and Etherington immediately crumpled to the floor. He was taken off the court on a stretcher and immediately left Assembly Hall for medical attention. IU coach Tom Crean said after the game that an official diagnosis had not been made as of the time of the post-game press conference.