Iowa basketball is coming off two monumental wins for the program. They knocked off the top team in the country, Michigan State, at home over the holidays. They responded by erasing a 19 point deficit to defeat another top 25 opponent, Purdue, in Mackey Arena.
With all the momentum on their side, injuries have played a role. Guard Peter Jok missed a game with an ankle injury and forward Dale Jones is out for the season with another knee injury. The Hawkeyes are dealing with another one as starting guard Anthony Clemmons is dealing with a hip pointer that he suffered recently. Head coach Fran McCaffery updated his status at his press conference earlier on Monday.
"I think he will (play against Nebraska Tuesday)," McCaffery answered about Clemmons' current condition. It hasn't been determined yet. He's feeling a little better today than he did yesterday. It will be a game-time decision."
If Clemmons were unable to go, the lineup and rotation would obviously be shaken up. A couple true freshmen would be expected to handle the duties.
"It changes things," McCaffery stated. "Obviously we're one man less. It will increase the importance of (Andrew) Fleming and (Christian) Williams, also the other three, (Dom) Uhl, (Ahmad) Wagner and (Brady) Ellingson."
There's nine days after the Nebraska game until Iowa plays again but that will not play a factor on whether or not Anthony Clemmons sees the floor.
"It doesn't matter," responded McCaffery. "That doesn't matter. What matters is what the doctors tell you. Can he play? If he can play, he'll play. If he can't, he won't."
Iowa hosts Nebraska tomorrow at 8 p.m. CST on the Big Ten Network. The Hawkeyes are now ranked #19 in the AP Poll and #23 in the Coaches' Poll.