We learned earlier Tuesday that Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea will be out 'indefinitely' after suffering an injury to his right kneecap in practice on Monday. A source told AllHoosiers.com's Justin Albers that Mosquera-Perea will likely miss four weeks.
So what does it mean for the Hoosiers, who are in action Tuesday night against Penn State? Well, using that four-week timeline, Mosquera-Perea's projected return date would be Feb. 2. If that holds, the Indiana junior would be back in time for Indiana's trip to Madison on Feb. 3 to play Wisconsin. That would be significant.
Mosquera-Perea's injury will impact the game against Purdue the most given the Boilermakers unique size. Purdue has two 7-footers that both are threats to score in the post.
In the other games, Indiana should still be able to beat Penn State and Rutgers, Maryland doesn't have a reliable post scorer, and the Hoosiers already forced Ohio State to play small when Mosquera-Perea was out of the lineup.
Now, I've heard many people say Mosquera-Perea's injury may be a blessing in disguise for the Hoosiers. And maybe to some extent, it will be. But it's one thing to remove Mosquera-Perea from the starting lineup, something I've argued should happen. But it's another thing completely to take his minutes away completely.
Mosquera-Perea has been wildly inconsistent, but he's one of the only post options Indiana has, and it would be foolish to think IU won't miss his presence at all. What if Emmitt Holt gets in foul trouble? What if Collin Hartman does, too? That's not out of the realm of possibility given the fact they'll be undersized in virtually every game they play.
IU fans will get a chance to see what Holt can do with increased minutes starting on Tuesday night. I, for one, am excited to see how he handles it.