With Collin Hartman and now OG Anunoby out for the season, Indiana’s depth and talent at the forward position was already thin. It’s only seeming to get worse.
CBS’ Jon Rothstein is reporting that Juwan Morgan is “very doubtful” to play today vs. Michigan State in Bloomington, still bothered by the same ankle injury that kept him out of Wednesday’s win over Penn State in Happy Valley. He wore a walking boot on the sideline during that game.
Morgan’s ankle issues will leave Indiana without their best three forwards and little in the way of size to match up with the Spartans. Zach McRoberts, who was a regular member of the Indiana student body at this time last season, will likely be Tom Crean’s choice to replace Morgan & Anunoby’s 81% percent of minutes played at at the 4. Freddie McSwain will be Indiana’s only other available player at the forward position.
With Indiana’s depth issues, it’s possible Tim Priller could have even seen some run today -- but even he’s unavailable with academic issues relating to progress toward his double-major.
It’s as hard as Indiana basketball has been bitten by the injury bug in recent history. Tom Crean will just have nine scholarship players available — and two players taller than 6’6” on the entire available roster. Here’s what the rotations today might look like:
If you’re looking for good news, Indiana might be lucky to draw Michigan State — no healthy rotation player stands taller than 6-8. Bad news? Indiana has no one to guard Miles Bridges. Fun!