Basketball Practice News, Notes and Quotes

News, notes, and quotes from Indiana basketball practice on Friday...

- IU Coach Mike Davis is hoping to have both James Hardy and D.J. White available in the not-too-distant future. Davis said after practice Friday that Hardy hasn't been cleared by the training staff to begin practicing, but he hopes to have him available for the Dec. 10 Kentucky game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

White, meanwhile, shot on the side Friday without the boot he's been wearing to protect his broken foot. Davis said he hopes White will be ready in 2 ½ weeks, which makes a Dec. 19 return against Charlotte or a Dec. 23 return against Butler possibilities.

In the meantime, Davis wants White to maintain his conditioning so that when he's cleared to return, he'll be physically ready to play in Indiana's up-tempo style.

"I think the key for him is going to be just really conditioning hard," said Davis. "Everything he does on that (stationary) bike and in the pool, he's about to pass out."

Davis said conditioning has been a bit of an issue with A.J. Ratliff, who played nine minutes and scored two points against Duke in his first game back since breaking his thumb.

"Ratliff, his conditioning isn't where it should be," said Davis. "He hurt his thumb, but not his legs."

- The only blemish in Marco Killingsworth's 34-point, 10-rebound effort against Duke was a 3-9 effort from the free-throw line. That included a miss on the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity at the 2:05 mark with the Hoosiers trailing 70-65.

Davis doesn't have anything in the works to address Killingsworth's struggles at the line, other than continuing to shoot them in practice. Killingsworth is shooting 51.6 percent from the line this season (16-of-31) and was a 63.4 percent free throw shooter at Auburn (213-336).

"He's a good free throw shooter," said Davis. "One thing about basketball is you want to continue to work on everything, but you don't want to lose your confidence. He'll just have to continue to work on his free throws."

- One area of concern for Davis is careless turnovers. Indiana committed 16 turnovers against Duke, including a handful of the careless variety that had little to do with any sort of pressure that Duke was applying.

"(I want us to be better at) just taking care of the ball," said Davis. "Ninety percent of our turnovers have been unforced, just being casual. Sometimes you'll turn it over because a team will trap you and you aren't expecting it. But we just turn it over really casual and we have to get better with that."


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