Creek out indefinitely with knee injury

Maurice Creek will be out of action indefinitely with a stress fracture of the patella in his right knee, Indiana coach Tom Crean said on his radio show Monday.

Maurice Creek will be out of action indefinitely with a stress fracture of the patella in his right knee, Indiana coach Tom Crean said on his radio show Monday.

Creek injured the knee late in Indiana's win over Michigan Saturday night. After crashing to the court underneath the basket, Creek stayed down of the floor in pain and then had to leave the game. He soon returned to the game briefly and Crean said after the game he wasn't worried about the situation with Creek.

Crean said Monday night that Creek's right knee hurt after he returned to the game, so he left the game again, but there wasn't any indication of a major problem until the knee started swelling Sunday. Medical tests came back Monday afternoon indicating the stress fracture of that knee.

Last season, Creek missed the entire Big Ten season after breaking the patella in his left knee in a game against Bryant on Dec. 28.

Crean said the amount of time that Creek will miss is being called indefinite at this point because more medical information will be needed before knowing more about how long the sophomore guard will be sidelined.

Creek was just starting to get back to playing closer to his capabilities, Crean said, and had been shooting particularly well in practice last week and was playing with more confidence and aggressiveness Saturday. Crean said he had told his assistant coaches that he thought Creek would be back to where he could make a bigger impact on the team by IU's Jan. 30 game at Michigan State.

The third-year Hoosier coach suggested that fans pray for Creek and his family as they cope with another injury and rehabilitation. He encouraged fans to send cards of support to Creek at Cook Hall. The address there is 1001 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN 47408-1590.

Radio show host Don Fischer mentioned the difficulty that Purdue's Robbie Hummel has gone through with knee injuries that have knocked him out of two straight seasons. Crean responded that he still believes that Hummel and Creek will one day play each other in the NBA, but it may take a little longer now.

A caller to the radio show asked Crean about how many years of eligibility Creek would have left if he misses the rest of this season. Crean said he hadn't had time to think much about that possibility yet as he had just gotten the news of the stress fracture hours earlier.

IU also issued a news release about the injury.

"You can't imagine how big a blow it is to him," Crean said in the release.  "It's a tough, tough situation and I hope everyone will think bout him and say a prayer for Mo and his family."

Creek has started 13 games this season and is averaging 8.3 points.  Last year, Creek was averaging 16.4 points before he suffered his season-ending injury.


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