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James Blackmon likely to miss season after having knee surgery Tuesday

James Blackmon Jr. will likely miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery on Tuesday.

Indiana got multiple opinions and waited more than a week in hopes that James Blackmon's injury wasn't as serious as it thought. 

Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, their fears were confirmed and Blackmon had knee surgery on Tuesday afternoon, which will likely end his sophomore season. 

Blackmon, a former McDonald's All-American, was second on the team in scoring at 15.8 points per game. Without him, Indiana has only three scholarship guards -- Yogi Ferrell, Robert Johnson and Nick Zeisloft. The Hoosiers also have walk-on Harrison Niego, who figures to see playing time going forward. 

But Blackmon's absence shrinks Indiana's margin for error, and it also forces Tom Crean to play Ferrell and Johnson heavy minutes almost every night. 

The other side of the token is this: Freshmen O.G. Anunoby and Juwan Morgan have played really well of late, which has helped the Hoosiers to a 2-0 start in the Big Ten, and helps ease the Blackmon loss. 

The ball also moves better offensively when Blackmon is out, so that's another positive. But replacing 16 points per game isn't easy, and the Hoosiers are tasked with doing so for the rest of the year. Top Stories