Vaden Puts Ankle To the Test

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - With Indiana's NCAA first-round match-up with San Diego State less than 36 hours away, the biggest question facing the IU staff is whether or not sophomore Robert Vaden will be able to play.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - With Indiana's NCAA first-round match-up with San Diego State less than 36 hours away, the biggest question facing the IU staff is whether or not sophomore Robert Vaden will be able to play.

Vaden, who injured his left ankle in IU's one-point loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday, remains listed as day-to-day by IU officials. He was unable to practice on Monday in Bloomington, but did show improvement by the time the team arrived in Salt Lake City Tuesday.

The team immediately went to the Delta Center – the home of the NBA's Utah Jazz – upon its arrival Tuesday night, and Vaden was able to shoot around during the team's light 45-minute practice session.

Vaden said Sunday his intentions are to do whatever he can to play in the match-up. He injured the ankle when he came down on OSU center Terence Dials' foot, and he had to be helped off the court and into the locker room. He's been receiving treatment ever since.

"It hurt pretty bad (when the injury initially occurred)," Vaden said. "I didn't think I'd be done for the year, but it hurt pretty bad. I wanted to stay out there and play, but they said I couldn't so I went to the back to get some medicine and some treatment."

Indiana will practice publicly this afternoon at 5:10 p.m. MT (7:10 EST) at the Jon M. Huntsmann Center, the site of tomorrow night's game.

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