Source: Hulls played through shoulder separation in final IU games

033013In the days leading up to Indiana’s Sweet 16 game with Syracuse at the Verizon Center, much attention was paid to the health of the right shoulder of Jordan Hulls.

And that was with good reason.

After the IU senior was involved in a collision during the first half of IU’s win over Temple, he returned in the second half wearing extra support under his jersey and scored five key points to help the Hoosiers move on to Washington D.C.

In the locker room after that win, Maurice Creek told reporters that Hulls told teammates that he’d “have to cut his legs off to keep him from playing” in the second half.

With three days of rest leading into the Syracuse game and comments on Wednesday from Hulls that he’d be fine to play in the regional semifinal, it appeared that his shoulder injury would not be an issue. Hulls knocked down 3-pointers from all over the court in IU’s open practice on Wednesday and wasn’t wearing any extra support underneath his jersey.

But when the ball tipped against the Orange, Hulls was again wearing the support under his jersey and a source tells Inside the Hall that the IU senior suffered a level 1 AC shoulder separation in the win over Temple.

The shoulder blade and collarbone are connected by the acromioclavicular or AC joint, which is held together by the acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments. In a level 1 separation, the AC ligament is partially torn, but the coracoclavicular ligament is not.

Hulls played 27 minutes against Syracuse, finishing scoreless (0-for-6 from the field) with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

“I’m not going to make excuses about my shoulder,” Hulls said after the Syracuse game. “I came into the game knowing if I got popped it was going to hurt. But I wasn’t not going to play. I just had to go out there and make shots and I wasn’t able to do that.”

He’s accepted an invitation to play in the Portsmouth Invitational from Apr. 10-13. Established in 1953, the Invitational invites 64 of the top college players (seniors) to participate in a four-day, 12 game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.

Hulls finished his career with 1,318 points and played in an IU record 135 games.

  • Ole Man

    Before we go any farther, I thank you for what you’re saying. There are some on here who have criticized Hulls in the beginning for “lack of defense”, etc. And continue to criticize him now, even though his IU career is over. It is those posters that ticked me off.

    As to Tom Crean…again, my criticism is only that of any fan…all of us are “Monday morning quarterbacks” to some degree. He doesn’t care what I say (I doubt he sees it–LOL). He’s aware that the fan base will not always agree with him. It goes with any coach in any sport and when you sign the contract you are immediately being questioned.

    I don’t want Bob Knight or his offense back (although it is still being used in variations to this day). I have stated over and over again that I like Crean’s offense and that he should stick to it. I have also stated that IU should develop more half court sets off that very offense for those occasions when the team is up against a Wisc or Syc.
    Now if that’s off base, I don’t quite understand why.
    But to each his own.
    Other fans are as passionate as I am. I understand that. Perhaps my retard (spur of the moment) was a bit hard.
    But given that I am constantly being lambasted in numerous ways by those who disagree with me, it’s one of those “no harm no foul” moments.
    In no way do I want Tom Crean to fail. I want him to grow as a coach. I want him to understand his shortcomings (and they aren’t necessarily what I see); address them in the appropriate fashion; and lead his young men not just to victory on the court, but to better lives.
    Knight did the latter, except for two of his players, and to a man they praise him.
    As you desire to defend Crean, so I desire to defend Knight from criticism that is off base.
    Go Hoosiers.

  • Full Nelson

    Is he going to participate in any 3-point contests this post season?

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.houssain David Houssain

    Tom Crean is a Dummio, he knows jack about bball. should have started abel and vo any fool knows that frontcourrt should have been holowell, zeller, watford. Both Zeller and watford have been playing like they are 6’6″ this year. Idiot tom crean. We should lock him in stocks

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.houssain David Houssain

    right on brother

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.houssain David Houssain

    Remy is a baller, He should have been our starting point, holowell is aggressive and strong, doesn’t know any better and the regulars should have filled out the rest. You JUMP then kick to defeat a long zone everyone who has grown up in Indiana knows this

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.minniear Ryan Minniear

    I meant that IU was not as athletic with Watford and Hulls. I consider VO playing SF and WS also playing SF. It seemed like the successful teams in the tourney had guards who could get into the lane and finish while also knocking down 3s and had bigs who could protect the rim and block shots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.minniear Ryan Minniear

    I meant that IU was not as athletic with Watford and Hulls. I consider VO playing SF and WS also playing SF. It seemed like the successful teams in the tourney had guards who could get into the lane and finish while also knocking down 3s and had bigs who could protect the rim and block shots.

  • Ole Man

    Got ya. Makes sense now. Wat could do some of those things for us; just not on a consistent basis.

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