In almost every way, Selection Sunday went as well as it possibly could have for Indiana.
Not only did the Hoosiers earn a 10-seed, they also don't play until Friday, which gives Hanner Mosquera-Perea extra time to rehab a knee injury he suffered in last week's Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern.
The Hoosiers (20-13) could have played as early as Tuesday if they had been selected to play in one of the play-in games. Instead, they get three extra days of rest, which should be enough for Mosquera-Perea. Tom Crean said Sunday night he expects to have his junior forward back against Wichita State on Friday afternoon.
“He’s shooting and has been warming up and rehabbing, moving pretty well," Crean said. "We didn't practice him [Sunday], but we’re definitely on a belief that he’s gonna be back. Certainly Friday helps a great deal. Hopefully later in the week."
Mosquera-Perea was injured when Northwestern's Alex Olah fell into his knee while he was taking a charge. Mosquera-Perea screamed in pain and collapsed on the floor, holding the same knee that kept him out for seven games earlier this season. He was wearing a brace on that knee, and in the end, that may have saved him. What initially looked like a season-ending injury didn't end up all that bad.
"It certainly could have been a lot worse," Crean said.
Yes, it certainly could have been.