IU Hoping Bone Chip Won't Sideline Bassett

Bloomington, Ind. – After coping with some temporary player absences in recent weeks, IU is hoping it won't have to deal with a much longer one from Armon Bassett.

Bloomington, Ind. – After coping with some temporary player absences in recent weeks, IU is hoping it won't have to deal with a much longer one from Armon Bassett.

Bassett left Wednesday night's Iowa game due to pain from a bone chip in his ankle and didn't return. Bassett started but played only three minutes before exiting for the remainder of the game.

The 6'1" sophomore guard suffered the injury in Saturday's win over Chicago State, exiting the Hoosiers' 38-point win with just under eight minutes remaining. That injury kept him out of practice until Tuesday, and IU Coach Kelvin Sampson said he appeared to be hobbling significantly.

"(IU team physician) Dr. (Larry) Renk said, ‘hey, if we're going to play him, start him and see how he does'," Sampson said. "He goes in and we're down 4-0 right out of the chute, so I didn't think he was very good."

For the time being, Sampson says he's hopeful some rest will get Bassett back on the floor and his season won't be derailed by the injury.

"We don't play until Tuesday, so hopefully we can get him more rest and get him healed," Sampson said. "If that's a bone chip, that's something that might have to be taken care of after the season."

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