Oladipo leaves Saturday’s game with sprained left ankle

  • 02/16/2013 6:06 pm in

IUNDSITH0012Victor Oladipo has played so well for Indiana this season that he has entered the race for the national player of the year award.

So when Oladipo went down late in the first half of Saturday’s 83-55 win over Purdue, the Assembly Hall crowd and Hoosier Nation collectively held its breath. Oladipo grimaced, rolled around in pain, and then eventually limped to the locker room under his own power.

Oladipo did not return to the game, and Indiana coach Tom Crean said afterward that his star guard suffered a sprained left ankle. Oladipo’s status for Tuesday night’s showdown with Michigan State in East Lansing is up in the air.

“Right now I would go between precautionary and day-to-day,” Crean said. “He did some things in the back. I just don’t think any of us were comfortable enough to say, ‘let’s go do it.’ He wanted to go back in, but we just weren’t going to do that at that point. I don’t think that anybody felt, medically, that it was the best thing to do at that point.”

Oladipo was chasing Purdue’s Terone Johnson on a fast break when he sustained the injury. After looking at video replays, it appears Oladipo turned his ankle when trying to change directions just inside the free-throw line. Johnson slowed a bit in an attempt to avoid Yogi Ferrell, forcing Oladipo to change directions.

“I hope that he’s gonna be OK, he thinks he’s gonna be OK, but it’s gonna be a lot of time spent in this building getting it back to where it needs to be,” Crean said. “So wishful thinking will be that he’ll play, but we have to see how the next 24-36 hours turn out.”

Sheehey shines

In Oladipo’s absence, Indiana sixth man Will Sheehey got more minutes, and he was very effective in his increased role.

The junior forward had a career-high 22 points on a perfect 9-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes of action. Sheehey’s nine made field goals without a miss set a school record.

“Well, I missed three free throws that were not very good,” Sheehey said. “Besides that, I felt good. My teammates found me. I thought I played pretty good defense. Like I said last game, if you play good defense, your offense will come.

It seemed every time Purdue made any semblance of a run to try to narrow the Indiana lead, Sheehey was there to provide a big basket to keep them at bay. He scored off drives, pull-up jumpers, in transition, from the 3-point line — pretty much every way imaginable.

“To tell you how good he was, I had no idea that he had scored that many points, and I’m usually somewhat tuned into that in the game,” Crean said. “He was just so active. … He’s got the edge and he’s got the personality and all that, but he has completely bought in to the fact that he is a starter quality guy coming off that bench. He epitomizes student of the game right now, and he’s really maturing because of that. He was all over the place.”

Watford stops Hammons

Pretty much the only bright spot for Purdue in the first meeting against the Hoosiers was the play of freshman center A.J. Hammons. The big man scored 30 points against the Hoosiers on Jan. 30 in West Lafayette.

Crean and the Hoosiers knew that couldn’t happen again on Saturday. So instead of having Cody Zeller guard Hammons as he had in the first meeting, Crean put Christian Watford on him and used Zeller as a helper instead.

“Our guys had memories of that game, they’d seen film, and they’d heard plenty enough about how A.J. had 30 points in the first game,” Crean said. “We wanted to get into his body a little bit better. We wanted to be more aggressive.”

The plan worked. Hammons didn’t score until the 13:25 mark of the second half, and he finished with only six points and three rebounds on 3-of-10 shooting.

“Christian really rose to the challenge,” Crean said. “He can guard anybody. I’m glad people are seeing that. He can really, really defend. That’s big.”

Purdue coach Matt Painter wasn’t thrilled with Hammons’ effort, especially in the first half. In Painter’s mind, many of Hammons’ points in the first meeting came during garbage time when the game was well out of hand.

“Score when it counts,” Painter said.

But while Painter was critical of his own players and their ineffective offensive performance, he was also quick to credit Indiana. When asked what made the Hoosiers such a better team this year, Painter didn’t hesitate.

“The thing that makes them better this year is they’re a good defensive team,” Painter said. “They weren’t a good defensive team before. They’d do different things, mix defenses, whatever, and a lot of times when you mix up a bunch of defenses, you never get good at one thing. I think [Crean’s] been really smart sticking to the man-to-man.”


· Back to .500: With Saturday’s win, Crean’s record at Indiana got back to .500 at 78-78. The Hoosiers have won 50 games in the last two seasons.

· Indiana by the numbers: The Hoosiers shot 56 percent (30-of-54) from the field, out-rebounded Purdue 39-30, and scored 25 points off turnovers.

· Painter applauds Hulls, Watford: During a sequence in the first half, Watford and Jordan Hulls threatened to run Purdue out of the building. The two seniors connected on back-to-back 3-pointers and put Indiana ahead 33-14. At the time, Watford and Hulls were a combined 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Painter has now played against those two players eight times over the last four years. He might not have witnessed their growth first hand, but he’s had a pretty good view of it. And he’s impressed. After the game, Painter told his players there is a lot they can learn from Hulls and Watford.

“They coulda ran, they coulda transferred, they coulda done a lot of different things besides staying and working, and that’s what they did,” Painter said. “That ball’s not going in by magic. Christian Watford’s had to put in just numerous hours because his ball wasn’t going in like that when he arrived on campus. He gets into those kill spots on the wing and it’s almost automatic. Jordan Hulls works out 2-3 times a day.”

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  • Eastwood88_2

    I for one do not believe vo will be anywhere near ready for Tuesday. Lateral movement is going to take time to recover. It was going to take alot for us to win there with vo. Not the end of the world if we lose, bigger fish to fry. Boot tomorrow?

  • WisconHoosier

    Agree 100%. Sit him until he’s ready. He cuts so hard, his ankle won’t stand up to anything less than total healing.

  • Robert Weber

    Bigger fish than State? You’re crazy!

  • chumhoosier

    I dont think there is anyway he misses the game. Didnt look like it went all the way down on it. It looked like he was ready to come back in and didnt see any sign of pain on his face. He will play. And be effective.

  • bottom line is if victor isn’t good to go on Tuesday then he shouldn’t play. As much as I hate the idea of maybe dropping a loss to Michigan State, I’d rather have this team 100% healthy and ready to go come tournament time. I’d hate to see victor make it even worse by playing in a game he isn’t ready for, health wise. Even though I hope he plays, playing without him Tuesday might make some guys on this team man up and have a huge night against MSU, show us how much depth we’ve really got going for us. But again, I’d like to see vic play….if he’s able.

  • marcusgresham

    I think he’ll be OK. I think he could have gone back in today or they wouldn’t have had him on that bike when he came out of the locker room.

  • phil ross

    I’m with having him for the tournament. I hate the fact that he would be out because if we lose 2-3 that would really affect seedings and where we place in Big ten. I ultimately would like to see a good showing in the tournament.

  • I could see Warford getting drafted by San Antonio and becoming that next sleeper pick that they pull off.

  • marcusgresham

    Even though I’ve already said that I think he’ll play, the selection committee would likely take the injury into account when seeding.

  • HoosierGrad07

    I remember when Vic twisted his ankle last year (in our home game w MSU). Happened w about 3 minutes to go in the 1st half and he immediately ran back into the locker room to get the foot wrapped and looked at, then reentered the game before halftime. That tweak looked much worse than this one today. I think Crean was (rightfully so) being overly cautious w his words to the media about it and theres no doubt in my mind he’ll play Tuesday.

    But obviously, if he wakes up tomorrow and it’s swollen, then sit him Tuesday. Losing Tuesday doesn’t even end our chances of the Big Ten title let alone a 1 seed or the National Championship. It’s nice we have a full week off after the State game though.

  • HoosierGrad07

    the absolute worst case scenario is that Vic misses Tuesday’s game and is back for Minnesota the following week. It really wasn’t that bad of a tweak and Vic got great medical care for it within minutes of it happening. That should certainly help limit the swelling, and the med staff would not have had him riding the bike that soon if they thought there was going to be a lingering problem.

    So don’t even worry about Vic missing any more time than Tuesday, and even that is far from guaranteed. Crean was cautious w the media after the game and still wouldn’t go so far as to say he was “day-to-day”. Obviously it would be nice if the game was Thursday night instead of Tuesday but I still feel good about it either way.

    Solid win today, never gets old beatin up on the Boilers.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree..he wasn’t even grimacing when he was untying his shoe. Better safe than sorry though. I think he’ll give the Hoosiers some good minutes and TC will have to chain him to the bench to keep him out of there. Spartans will want blood Tuesday….IU has to be on its game. Good night for Jordy to score 20.

  • dtfreed

    Before Victor was hurt he tried to save a ball going out of bounds into the Purdue, VO sat down on the bench briefly then jumped up painter fist bumped him as he went back to play.In that moment I am sure Painter had a flash of wishing VO could come off his bench.I would say Victor O. will play only because he was happy on the bench and didn’t seem concerned.

  • dtfreed

    Before Victor was hurt he tried to save a ball going out of bounds into the Purdue, VO sat down on the bench briefly then jumped up painter fist bumped him as he went back to play.In that moment I am sure Painter had a flash of wishing VO could come off his bench.I would say Victor O. will play only because he was happy on the bench and didn’t seem concerned.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Title number 6 is more important. You can get a one seed and lose at msu.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Great point. Today will be the day it is determined. If it blows up, no chance he plays. Side note, what is Nix’s deal. Guy can’t stop running his mouth.

  • Kenneth234

    Yep, we are all day to day!

  • HoosierupNorth

    I honestly do not think that he will be ready by the MSU game. Even if he plays, he won’t be at 100%. Having just recently sprained my ankle, I can speak from experience. It took me two weeks to be fully comfortable with it again. Granted, IU will have much better medical treatments available, and he sprained his running, while mine was landed on.
    If he is not feeling comfortable, he shouldn’t play Tuesday. The risk of greater injury is too significant for CTC to ignore. I would much rather us lose this game and the BIG regular reason championship without VO than to win this game with him and watch him get hurt and knocked out of NCAAs. Best wishes on Tuesday and VO’s health. Go Hoosiers!

  • MWB

    While he may not be 100% on Tuesday there is no way VO is missing that game. Based on the replay the sprain really didn’t even look that bad. The only reason he didn’t come back in yesterday is because Purdue sucks and we didn’t need him. Crean and everyone else for IU are just playing a game of “oh he may not play” as a mind game with MSU. For proof on VO’s ability to play Tuesday just think about this…if his ankle was that bad why was he sitting on the bench the whole second half without any kind of extra brace on it or even ice?!?!


    Yea, the bloodbath comment was a little bit over the top IMHO. Let’s hope that he has been better at providing bulletin board material than he will be at contributing in the game.


    Good point.

  • Kenneth234

    I have zero anxiety about Oladipo’s ankle after watching the post game interview with Cody, Christian and Will. They said he is fine, Cody even joked that he beat him in deflections today. Add to that what Crean said about Vic wanting to go back in the game, and the way he was acting on the bench, and all I can believe is Vic will be at or very near 100% Tuesday.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    But, I heard Mike Shanahan already cleared him to play.

  • marcusgresham

    Was the entire comment “It’s going to be a bloodbath” or was there more to it, because if that’s all he said I could see that being meant as simply the two teams are going to beat the crap out of one another.

  • SCHoosier

    They’ve cut back his training table helpings and is not a happy bear.

  • SCHoosier

    Good thing is he will probably (to start) be guarding Dawson which will require more positioning and quickness than running and cutting. However..if VO ends up on Harris ..that’s another story. I think TC realizes that the big prize is in March not in East Lansing Tuesday nite.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    I thought that was a classy show by Painter, giving some respect.