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IU’s Watford out indefinitely with broken hand

Injuries continue to afflict Indiana’s basketball men.

From an official IU release:

Indiana University sophomore Christian Watford is out indefinitely with a broken left hand suffered Sunday in an 84-83 overtime loss at Michigan State.  He underwent surgery today.  He is the team’s leading scorer and is eighth in the conference averaging 17.0 points. He is sixth in the conference in free throw percentage (83.5) making 111 of 133 charity tosses.


Minnesota has landed in Indy

Indiana put out a release moments ago saying it is continuing to monitor the weather. It said that Indiana is obligated to play the game if both Minnesota and the game officials can travel to the game and Monroe County does not declare a state of emergency. Moments after that release was sent, IU confirmed that Minnesota’s basketball team has landed in Indianapolis and is busing to Bloomington, meaning it’s likely the game will be played as scheduled.

The release follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- With severe weather continuing to affect travel conditions throughout Indiana, Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass has appointed Assistant Athletics Director for Game Management Kit Klingelhoffer to coordinate information relative to the status of Indiana’s men’s basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night at 6:30 against the University of Minnesota.  A 30-year veteran of game management, Klingelhoffer and IU Athletics is consulting with IU Emergency Management, Monroe Country Emergency Management, Indiana State Police, the Big Ten Conference, and the University of Minnesota to determine whether the game should be played or postponed.

If the University of Minnesota basketball team and the officiating crew are able to travel to Bloomington to participate in the game, IU is obligated to host it unless a state of emergency is declared in Monroe County.

If the game is played as scheduled, due to weather conditions throughout the state of Indiana, fans are encouraged to use their own discretion and take precautions when travelling to Assembly Hall.  The forecast for overnight and Wednesday calls for more snow and freezing rain across much of Indiana. Indiana University would like to have a great crowd, but more importantly wants all its fans to be safe.

IU Athletics will update fans on the status of Wednesday night’s game on IUHoosiers.com and through regional media entities.


Crean: Watford’s injuries being evaluated

Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked during the Big Ten teleconference Monday what sophomore forward Christian Watford’s status would be after suffering an injury to his wrist and one to his knee during Sunday’s game at Michigan State. Crean said the injuries were still being evaluated and he could not yet declare that they would not be an ongoing problem.

The Hoosiers have obviously already had injury issues with sophomore guard Maurice Creek out with a stress fracture in his right knee and junior guard Verdell Jones missing the last three games with inflammation in his right knee.


Glass monitoring weather situation

The impending snow and ice storm set to hit the Midwest has much of the Big Ten scrambling to make contingency plans for this week’s basketball games. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said IU will be in constant contact with local authorities to determine how best to handle Wednesday’s home game against Minnesota.

Glass said Kit Klingelhoffer, the assistant athletic director for game management, will be Indiana’s point man on the issue and will be in touch with state police, etc. and will also be in contact with authorities at Minnesota and with game officials to make certain that all necessary parties can safely travel to Bloomington.

By rule, Glass said, the decision to hold or not hold the game is to be made by Indiana in consultation with Minnesota and the Big Ten office. Glass said IU would play the situation as it goes, but did say that if Monroe County declares a state of emergency, the game will be postponed.


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