The No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers put on a dominating display Saturday against Big Ten rival Purdue, but budding star guard Victor Oladipo suffered an ankle injury.
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 18, at 10:31 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Great news for Indiana fans as Victor Oladipo (ankle) is expected to play tomorrow night, according to Michigan Live's Diamond Leung.
Indiana star guard Victor Oladipo is expected to play Tuesday at Michigan State despite leaving in the first half of Saturday's win against Purdue with an ankle injury, according to Hoosiers coach Tom Crean.
Crean said Monday the junior and team's second-leading scorer practiced Sunday, working on his ball-handling and shooting while 'doing a great job' of rehabilitating the injury.
'I think it's getting better,' Crean said. 'I don't anticipate that he won't be ready to go tomorrow night.'
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According to Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times, Oladipo's status for Tuesday night's tilt against No. 8 Michigan State is up in the air. Head coach Tom Crean addressed the media with the news on his ankle sprain on Saturday afternoon:
Crean said Oladipo sprained his ankle. Said he's hopeful he could get back for Tuesday's game at MSU, but not sure.— Dustin Dopirak (@DustinDopirak) February 16, 2013
According to a report by Sporting News, Oladipo injured the ankle on defense while attempting to stop Purdue’s Terone Johnson in transition.
Oladipo has been a key cog on Crean's Big Ten-leading team this year, averaging 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game while shooting a remarkable 64.4 percent from the field.
He's been the model of efficiency in college basketball this season, shooting over 50 percent from three-point land and nearly 75 percent from the free-throw line to go along with his ridiculous mark from the field.
If he's out for long, it will be a big blow to the Hoosiers down the stretch of conference play.
As it is, it appears Crean and the medical staff at Indiana are just being cautious in preparation for the team's big moment—the 2013 NCAA tournament. We'll continue to keep you updated on the junior guard's ankle as more information becomes available.