Monday, December 28, 2009

Maurice Creek likely done for season

An Indiana team that can ill-afford a loss of talent will likely be without its best player for the rest of the season. 

Freshman guard Maurice Creek fractured his left knee on Monday while driving to the basket against Bryant. Indiana head coach Tom Crean said after the game that Creek would undergo surgery on Tuesday and miss the rest of the year.

"My initial hope before I spoke with Dr. Rink was that it would be a dislocation, but I knew that would be the best-case scenario," Crean said. "But that wasn't the case. It turned out to be the worst case scenario."

Creek, one of the best freshmen in the country, was leading the Hoosiers in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game. He was shooting 53 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.

In his absence, expect Jordan Hulls, who started his first game of the season against Bryant, to take Creek’s spot in the lineup, while Jeremiah Rivers will likely be moved back to starter after coming off the bench on Monday.

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