Bloomington, Ind. – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson expects Eric Gordon to play against Kentucky.
The freshman guard missed the final 25 minutes of IU's 84-72 win over Tennessee State after hobbling off the floor with an apparent hip/tailbone injury. After his first-half spill on Monday Gordon departed for the locker room and didn't return.
That prompted fears that he might be unavailable for this weekend's match-up with the Wildcats, but after an off-day for the team on Tuesday, Gordon was on the practice court Wednesday and spent a good portion of practice shooting on the side.
"He's getting better," Sampson said.
That's good news for the Hoosiers as they gear up for the most highly-anticipated game of the non-conference schedule. Kentucky will be making its first trip to Assembly Hall in 17 years, and it will be the first IU-UK contest for first-year Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie.
Despite missing the majority of Monday's game, Gordon is still averaging a team-best 24.3 points per game and is shooting 53.4 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the 3-point arc. He led the Hoosiers in scoring in each of the team's first six games before being limited to eight points in 12 minutes against Tennessee State.
While Gordon's availability is welcomed, Sampson doesn't expect his standout to be at full strength.
"He won't be 100 percent on Saturday for sure," Sampson said. "He might not be 100 percent…I'm not sure how long."
Gordon To Play Against Kentucky
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