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Indiana 71, Michigan 65

Jordan Hulls can hit free throws.

Tom Crean said he needed a complete team effort for the Hoosier to overcome the loss of Maurice Creek.

He got it.

Verdell Jones led Indiana with 20 points. Christian Watford came through with 19. Devan Dumes made his presence known early with three 3-pointers in the first half. Jordan Hulls hit clutch free throws down the stretch. They both finished with 11 points.

Yet Jeremiah Rivers may have been the player of the game. He shut down Manny Harris, the leading scorer in the Big Ten, by defending him and by helping get him in foul trouble. Rivers finished with nine rebounds and four points and converted a key three-point play on a nifty drive to the lane in the closing minutes.

Here’s some audio:

Tim Buckley prepares the Hoosiers for their game with Michigan.

Thurs. chat + Michigan at Indiana: Discuss it here

Oh, yes. We’ll combine our normal Thursday chat with the game discussion. What a way to start New Year’s Eve. If CoverItLive allowed me to spray you all with cheap champagne, I would. And, the way those guys come up with technology, I expect to be doing just that by 2011.

Hope to see you at 11. I assure you it will be at least twice as awesome as Ryan Seacrest babbling from Times Square.

Crean: Everybody has to step up

Tom Crean reiterated at Wednesday’s media availability that Maurice Creek’s surgery went well. He said the freshman guard will not return to the team for a few days, and will not be present at Thursday’s game against Michigan. When asked specifically what bone Creek broke, Crean said he didn’t think he could do that because of privacy laws.

As for how to replace Creek, Crean used the “What to say when you have an injured player,” handbook. There was no discussion of who would start in his place, and Crean once again said that the the burden of making up for Creek’s absence would fall on the entire team. (more…)

Finally ….

Chris Howell’s photography gets the recognition it deserves from a national sports blog.

Right above the definitive collection of this year’s Telestrator Dong. Proof after the jump. (more…)

The latest on Mo Creek

Creek is wheeled off the floor, a towel covering his knee.

[12:25 p.m. UPDATE, from Chris Korman]

Sorry to be late with this. Been getting some things done. Mostly, watching the college basketball. Which, when you are a college basketball writer, can be considered “getting some things done.” My parents are so impressed with how much I work.

Anywhere, here’s the latest, via IU news release:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that freshman guard Maurice Creek (Oxon Hill, Maryland/Hargrave Military Academy) underwent surgery today to repair damage to his left knee, which was injured Monday night in a game against Bryant.

“In visiting with Dr. Steve Ahlfeld, the surgery went very well and we expect a full recovery,” said Crean. “His rehabilitation will start as soon as possible.”

Creek, who leads the Hoosiers averaging 16.4 points, is not expected to return to the lineup this season.

“After spending time with Maurice and his family tonight, it is clear they are very touched by all the support they have received from fans and friends across the country,” Crean added.

[5:45 p.m.UPDATE, from Dustin Dopirak]

Indiana has provided no update on Maurice Creek’s surgery yet, but we managed to get a hold of a few doctors who specialize in this sort of thing. They obviously aren’t directly connected to Indiana so none of them have seen x-rays or MRI’s of Creek’s knee but they were able to provide some insight. We’ll hit the general points here and discuss them more in detail in tomorrow’s Herald-Times.

A knee fracture, they said, is a vague diagnosis that could mean a fracture of any of the four bones that make up the knee: the fibula, femur, patella and tibia. Because Creek had surgery, they deduced that it had to be one of the latter three bones because if it was the fibula, Creek would have just been put in a cast and there would be no operation. One doctor said that from seeing the pictures in the newspaper he deduced that it was a broken patella, which is the knee cap. That, however, doesn’t make it any more or less of a problem than the femur or tibia.

The general recovery time, they said, is three to four months. It requires about six to eight weeks of healing before an athlete can begin full-scale therapy, then another six to eight weeks of recovery time before someone can get back to running and jumping and playing basketball. Creek will eventually have a full recovery, they said, but there is a question about whether or not he will return to pre-injury strength next season.

“With any kind of knee injury, whether it’s an ACL tear or a knee fracture or anything, that first season back, you can tell they’re just not their old self,” said Dr. Greg Estes, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana Orthopedic Center in Indianapolis. “It’s usually not until their second season that they’re back to what they used to be. That’s not a hard and fast rule, but it’s a pretty common thing.”


Maurice Creek, who suffered a fractured knee in Indiana’s win against Bryant last night, will probably not have surgery until later today. His mother was being flown into town so that she could be with him at the time of the procedure.

Meanwhile, we’re trying to figure out what exactly a fractured knee might involve. Yes, we’ve visited all the same Web sites you have. But we’re also trying to employ the ancient journalistic technique of interviewing people. So far, we’ve had little luck getting a doctor on the phone. Turns out people like to take this week off from work.

We’ll bring you whatever update we can in the coming hours.

Who is Steve Addazio?

I’ve been thinking about the above question for a few days. Dude was an assistant at Indiana earlier in the decade and now he’s the interim coach at Florida.

Quite an interesting journey.

We weren’t here during Addazio’s tenure, which coincided with Gerry DiNardo’s. So what I know about him is: he was a prolific screamer on the practice field and his daughter interned in the sports department of this newspaper.

Pete Thamel, college writer for the New York Times, discovered more about Addazio.

The subject of football coaching has been as popular as any on this here blog. You’ll learn from the above story that Addazio is a master motivator. Here is what The Chosen One said:

“He’s got the best leadership qualities of any coach we have on the team,” Tebow said. “He can inspire, motivate and drive people like not many people I’ve been around. I’m so excited and proud for Coach Addazio.”

So I ask: do you believe this is the sort of leadership that has been missing at Indiana? Every staff obviously needs to have a good mix of personalities, and Bill Lynch has emphasized a need for teaching and development at Indiana (which does not recruit at quite the same level as Florida.) But my feeling from reading many of your comments is that some of you believe Indiana players aren’t being pushed enough. This provides an interesting frame for that discussion.

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