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Wisconsin’s Leuer hurt and other Big Ten notes

Wisconsin managed to time its release of word on forward Jon Leuer’s injury exactly at the time coach Bo Ryan was up for his portion of the Big Ten teleconference.

Ryan, sounding frustrated, said he didn’t have much to add.

“We already released a statement,” Ryan said. “What did it say? Whatever they say in the statement is all I know. We aren’t even called in on those meetings. That’s all HIPPA protected.”

The release simply said that Leuer fractured a bone in his wrist. A timetable for his return has not been set.

Leuer was Wisconsin’s second leading scorer with 15.4 points per game. He was leading the team in rebounds with 6.2 per contest.

“Somebody’s going to have to go in for him,” Ryan said. “All we can do is tell him to get well soon.”

In other conference injury news, Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson is nearing a return from an injured foot, but coach Matt Painter couldn’t give a timetable on that either.

“We really don’t have a date, but he’s doing a great job,” Painter said. “He’s out of the boot about half the time right now. We’re slowly working him out of it full time. He’s shooting some jump shots, but he’s not jogging or running yet. We’re working towards him coming back in the next week and a half to two weeks.”

In coaching news, Michigan coach John Beilein signed a contract extension through the 2015-2016 season that will pay him around $1.8 million per year.


Hoosier Morning

ILLINOIS INDIANA BASKETBALL

Indiana guard Jordan Hulls drives against Illinois on Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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Four Hoosier recruits enroll for spring semester

Four of the recruits in Indiana’s football recruiting class of 2010 are enrolled for the spring semester and can participate in spring practice.

Cornerback Lenyatta Kiles and linebacker Jeff Thomas both joined the Hoosiers as mid-year transfers from junior colleges. They signed letters of intent in December and said then that they would enroll in the spring. IU also added two players who graduated high school early in linebacker Jack Denton from Zionsville Community High School and running back Antonio Banks from Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio.


Indiana offers Hammons, in with Echenique

Tom Crean can’t address his team’s lack of size immediately, but he’s making attempts and doing it for the future.

Scout.com is reporting that Crean has offered a scholarship to Carmel sophomore center A.J. Hammons, a 6-foot-11, 250-pounder.

Meanwhile. the Sporting News says that Indiana is an option for Greg Echenique, who was recently granted his release from Rutgers.

Hammons was one of several recruits who attended Saturday’s game against Illinois, including Austin Rivers, Cody Zellar, Yogi Farrell, and Jared Drew.


Hoosier Morning

ILLINOIS INDIANA BASKETBALL

Indiana’s Christian Watford tries to deflect the loose ball with five seconds remaining Saturday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

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ScoopTalk: Illini get better of second half


Illinois 66, Indiana 60

Rivers drives.

This one will surely disturb Indiana fans.

The Hoosiers had a healthy half-time lead (41-28) and faltered badly in the second half. Constant foul calls made the game a halting affair, and Indiana did not fare well in that area: Illinois shot more than twice as many free throws (it was 27-of-39 compared to Indiana’s 10-of-18).

The veteran inside-out duo of Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale shouldered the Illini, scoring 27 and 19 points respectively. McCamey also had nine assists and just one turnover.

Interviews are beginning now. I hear Bruce Weber. Ouch.

Here are some audio files.

These dudes are not pleased.



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