Creek has stress facture, out indefinitely

  • 01/17/2011 7:45 pm in

Well, this isn’t going to read well.

According to our good friend Dustin Dopirak over at the Herald-Times, Tom Crean announced tonight on his radio show that Maurice Creek has a stress fracture in his right knee cap, and is out indefinitely. Just going to rip Dustin’s tweets on the subject from his feed :

Crean said there’s swelling in his knee. He’s got a stress fracture in his right patella, and he’s out indefinitely.

Crean: “It’s a situation where we’ve got to get a little more done to determine what’s going to be next.”

Crean notes that it’s his right knee, not the left knee, which is what was hurt last year.

So yea, not really the news you were looking for on a quiet Monday night. Dustin also mentioned that Crean was asked about Creek’s overall eligibility, and Crean was pretty clear he would not be eligible for another year.

IU also issued a release, which you can find after the jump …

Per IU Media Relations:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean announced on his weekly radio show Monday night that sophomore guard Maurice Creek will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture on his right patella near the end of Saturday’s game against Michigan. Last year, Creek missed all of the Big Ten season with a fractured left patella.

“You can’t imagine how big a blow it is to him,” said Crean. It’s a tough, tough situation and I hope everyone will think bout him and say a prayer for Mo and his family.”

He has started 13 games this season and is averaging 8.3 points. Last year, Creek was averaging 16.4 points before he suffered his season-ending injury on December 28 against Bryant.

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  • Luke72

    This is very bad news! Really feel bad for him. Wishes for a fast recovering!

  • defendtherock

    Mo we will be praying for you. Good luck man!
    Here is to hoping for a speedy recovery!

  • Kelin Blab

    Heard Crean talk about it, sounded very down about it ofcourse. If this team needs any inspiration to play with more passion it is for Mo. Time for some guys to step up NOW. It is the other knee hopefully it isn’t bad and he can bounce back 100% healthy.

  • LTTelamon

    This has to be compensation for the weakness of his other knee, whether it be physical or mental. It’s unfortunate for Maurice. I hope they take whatever time he needs to recover this time instead of letting him rush back. I understand physically he may have been healthy, but mentally he clearly was favoring the other leg (visible in his play) and that’s how these things come about.

  • LDIU

    Such a tough break for the kid. What more can a person say?

  • Anonymous

    This news is less of a blow to Indiana’s season than it is to this young man’s psyche. I hope that he will find support and strength in his teammates. Obviously, we don’t know the severity of the injury, but you have to believe the team will be cautious to bring him back.

    I guess it’s time for Matt Roth to step up. I think he can fill in well.

  • Anonymous

    This news is less of a blow to Indiana’s season than it is to this young man’s psyche. I hope that he will find support and strength in his teammates. Obviously, we don’t know the severity of the injury, but you have to believe the team will be cautious to bring him back.

    I guess it’s time for Matt Roth to step up. I think he can fill in well.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking that it may be a compensation injury that was aggravated by that fall, but I’m not an orthopedic.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking that it may be a compensation injury that was aggravated by that fall, but I’m not an orthopedic.

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable. I had a huge pit in my stomach when he went down and felt so relieved to see him come back in. And now this. Awful. As a fan I’m very disappointed to lose him again and more importantly to lose time for him to continue rehabbing and strengthening from last year. And just as another human being, I feel awful for the kid. I mean, it really really sucks to have a second injury like this on the other knee when a year ago we were talking NBA for him.

    Hope he recovers fully and plays up to his full potential, be it this year or the next (and gets to the NBA where we can continue to cheer for him).

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable. I had a huge pit in my stomach when he went down and felt so relieved to see him come back in. And now this. Awful. As a fan I’m very disappointed to lose him again and more importantly to lose time for him to continue rehabbing and strengthening from last year. And just as another human being, I feel awful for the kid. I mean, it really really sucks to have a second injury like this on the other knee when a year ago we were talking NBA for him.

    Hope he recovers fully and plays up to his full potential, be it this year or the next (and gets to the NBA where we can continue to cheer for him).

  • Anonymous

    Hate to hear that for Mo, but hoping this leads to significantly more minutes for Sheehey. He has been very solid and I think most of us would like to see him utilized more.

  • BaseballBuc

    This seriously makes me sick. Mo has done everything right and this happens. I have resurrected the ”get well Maurice creek” facebook page. Come and show your support.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    somewhere the god of basketball is laughing at our luck

  • Marsh21

    Man what crapy luck for such a positive kid. I wish him well. I hope they sit him for the year and bring him back slowly. Some players just have bad knees that only last so long.

  • GFDave

    Kid can’t catch a break. Hope he gets well soon.

  • HoosierDavey

    I feel bad for our team, but way, way worse for Mo. The kid worked his butt off to come back, and then he wasn’t back to being what he was, and now this. Man, what a heartbreak! Prayers for you, Mo.

  • Onceafink

    Sorry to hear this news. I’m sure this kid is devestated as well as his teammates. Let’s pray that he heals quickly and completely. I hate to see any player get hurt. Maybe the team will pull together and win a few for Mo.

  • IUMIKE72

    SORRY TO HEAR THIS MO.BAD NEWS ALL THE WAY AROUND. HOPE WITH PROPER CARE YOU CAN COME BACK NEXT YEAR. GOOD LUCK PRAYING FOR YOU

  • dfitz

    What awful luck for a great kid.
    Prying for you Mo.
    Will this bad karma ever leave Btown.

  • Anonymous

    What are the chances that he can get the NCAA to grant him a 5th year of eligibility since, if this injury keeps him out for most of the season, he will have missed pretty much a full season because of injury?

  • cooper

    Came back way too fast should not have played as much as he has. I’m sure no one wants to say it but this is probably a result of over compensating for his left knee causing too much stress on the right.

    Good luck to him getting back. They should hold him out the rest of the year and I’d consider redshirting him next year too

  • Anonymous

    Would the spill he took Saturday night factor in? It looked like he was holding his right knee then. It’s a stress fracture, though, and I am not a doctor, so I have no idea.

  • Kelin Blab

    redshirting him next year too is an interesting thought….I would possibly agree..

  • A most unfortunate injury for this terrific ballplayer. Bilateral patellar fracture do occur unfortunately, and another year out will be frustrating for Mo. Others – ie blake griffin have recovered and gone on to play at a high level but he won’t be back at 100% for a long time.

    He is a strong and gifted athlete and I anticipate he will be back.

  • Anonymous

    If you go back and look at that, he had a pained look on his face as soon as he caught the ball. Whatever damage occurred was before he hit the floor.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting. I was on the complete opposite side of the court, so I had no idea. Damn.

  • Diesel

    And still made the bucket. Tough as nails.

  • BFowler

    Best of luck in your recovery, Maurice. We wish you nothing but the best. Thanks for all you have done for the program, and we hope to see you healthy and playing at 100% again soon.

  • Can someone explain the “eligibility” comment to me?

  • That is too bad, so sorry to hear this for Mo. I said earlier in the game, when he did that beautiful layup so fast and strong, that he is coming back! And now this………

    Does anyone know what the recovery time is for this? Will it take as long as the ACL did? (or whatever happened to the left knee last year) Chances for coming back next year?

  • Anonymous

    How awful. I just feel terrible for Mo, a good kid who has been busting his ass to get back from the previous injury. All our best for a speedy recovery, Mo. We love ya, man.