Bloomington – Indiana will have a full complement of players for Thursday night's game against Wisconsin.
IU Coach Tom Crean announced Thursday that 6'2", 185-pound junior guard Devan Dumes will play tomorrow night. Dumes has missed the last two games after being suspended by Crean for his actions in the Feb. 7 Michigan State game.
"I am going to play him," Crean said. "We're looking forward to doing that. We think we've covered the ground we need to cover, and it's time to move forward."
Crean has been in contact with both Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany as well as IU Athletics Director Fred Glass about Dumes' situation, and he's satisfied that Dumes has paid a steep enough price by sitting out last week's losses to Minnesota and Illinois.
"You do what you need to do and you do what you have to do, and we just do our best to take care of our house," Crean said.
While Dumes will return to the court, it's unclear whether or not he'll return to the starting lineup as well. Matt Roth replaced Dumes in the line-up the last two games and averaged 12.0 points and 34.0 minutes/game. Roth was 6-of-16 from behind the 3-point arc during those two games and is now 25-of-52 from 3-point range during his last eight games.
Whether it's as a starter or off the bench, Dumes' teammates are glad to have him back as they prepare to take on a Wisconsin team that enters the contest on a four-game winning streak.
"It's a big lift for everyone on the team," said Tom Pritchard. "Devan brings out the best in us. He's a leader on the floor, and we missed him. It's going to be great having him back."
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Dumes Will Return For Wisconsin Game
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