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Maurice Creek lays the ball in against Wright State earlier this season. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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COMMENTARY: An emotional loss for Creek, Hoosiers

The flash came 7:50 into the game on Saturday.

Maurice Creek drove through the lane, flying past the Michigan defenders and easily laying the ball in for two points that gave Indiana a 14-9 lead.

It was a three-second, if that, play that was easily forgotten in a 80-61 win, the first Big Ten win of the season for the Hoosiers.

It was his second layup of the day that leaves Creek’s sophomore season now in doubt. With 1:43 remaining, Creek seemed to extend past his range of motion to catch a full-court pass and, while he layed the ball in for two points, fell into a heap underneath the basket.

He walked off on his own power, and it seemed to be OK — it was the right knee, not the left knee he injured last season. He returned to the game at the next stoppage in play, some 12 seconds later. Coach Tom Crean did not seemed concerned at all when asked about the play during the postgame press conference.

All of which made Crean’s announcement on Monday during his radio show — that Creek is out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella (as well as swelling in the knee) — all the more shocking.

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Crean: Creek out indefinitely

Tom Crean said during his radio show moments ago that Maurice Creek is out indefinitely, according to Dustin (who is at the radio show).

Creek has a stress fracture in his right patella and knee swelling, Crean said.

Creek took a hard fall underneath the basket late in Saturday’s game against Michigan. Its important to note that last season’s injury was to his left knee, not his right.

“This is our guy, and he’s right there. … It just felt like it was really, really close to breaking for him.”

Creek has struggled at times this season, lacking the burst that got him into the lane so often last season. He had recently begun coming off the bench, scoring six points in 21 minutes against Michigan.

Creek is averaging 8.3 points a game, but on 38.9 percent shooting.


Brewer to play in Senior Bowl

Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29. From IU Sports Information:

BREWER ACCEPTS INVITE TO 2011 SENIOR BOWL

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana offensive tackle James Brewer has officially accepted an invitation to the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl. He will be one of 12 Big Ten players to suit up for the North squad.
The 62nd game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Mobile, Ala. It will be televised by the NFL Network live from Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

“James had a solid career for the Hoosiers and was a mainstay on that offensive line,” Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said.  “We can’t wait to see him come down here and compete against the best of the best in the Senior Bowl.”

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PHOTOS: Indiana vs. Michigan


Hoosiers snap skid

With what was almost unquestionably it’s most complete performance to date, Indiana ended its six-game losing streak with an 80-61 win over Michigan in front of 17,168 at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers held the Wolverines to jut 15 points in the first half on 5-for-21 shooting and kept them to 36.4 percent for the game. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers shot a season-high 67.4 percent from the field and 70.8 percent in the second half. Junior guard Verdell Jones turned around his fortunes after a series of subpar peformances with 24 points and four assists on 9-for-10 shooting. Sophomore forward Christian Watford came back from a rough outing against Northwestern by posting a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jordan Hulls had 13 points, knocking down all four of his field goals, including three consecutive second-half 3-pointers that Michigan coach John Beilein referred to as “daggers.”

Michigan guard Darius Morris finished with 22 points and seven assists, but needed 16 field goal attempts to get there. Michigan junior swingman Zack Movak, freshman guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshman forward Jordan Morgan each scored 10 points.

AUDIO: Michigan coach John Beilien discusses the loss

AUDIO: Tom Crean says it started with transition defense

AUDIO: Jordan Hulls discusses his “daggers”

AUDIO: Verdell Jones discusses his rejuvination

AUDIO: Christian Watford talks about getting the message


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