Hartman unlikely to play Tuesday vs. Iowa

Indiana sophomore Collin Hartman is unlikely to play Tuesday night against Iowa due to a bone bruise in his lower leg. Hartman missed last Wednesday's game at Northwestern as well.

UPDATE, Monday night: Hartman remains doubtful for Tuesday night's game against Iowa. Indiana coach Tom Crean addressed the issue at his radio show on Monday night. Here's his quote:

“I do not anticipate him (playing) tomorrow night, not for any lack of trying,” Crean said. “And that could change, but it would be hard.”

Indiana sophomore forward Collin Hartman is unlikely to play Tuesday night against Iowa, IU coach Tom Crean said Sunday. Hartman missed last Wednesday's game at Northwestern with a bone bruise in his lower leg, and the injury has been slow to heal. Hartman injured his leg in the second half of IU's Feb. 22 game against Rutgers.

"I would not hold out hope," Crean said Sunday. "I was just watching him shoot. He's working really hard, but he's not doing anything live with him yet. We miss him. We miss his hustle game, we miss the spacing that he brings. He fights, and we miss him. We really do miss him. I wouldn't hold out hope right now for having him on Tuesday night, but he's making progress. He was much better today than he was yesterday."

Without Hartman, the Hoosiers (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) are even thinner on the front line. He's provided a significant presence on both ends of the floors for IU this season, and his absence hurt the Hoosiers in a disappointing road loss to Northwestern.

Indiana closes the regular season with home games against Iowa and then Michigan State on Saturday before heading to Chicago for the Big Ten Tournament next week.

"There's no clear cut, 'he'll be back at this point.' We're not there yet," Crean said.


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