Indiana hopes to have Will Sheehey on Sunday

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Indiana senior forward Will Sheehey, who missed Tuesday’s 71-66 loss at No. 3 Michigan State with a left ankle injury, has been limited in practice this week, but the Hoosiers hope to have him ready to go against Illinois on Sunday.

Sheehey, who is averaging 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27.7 minutes per game, rolled his ankle in IU’s 54-47 loss to Northwestern on Jan. 18.

The 6-foot-7 senior dressed against Michigan State, but Tom Crean said after that game that Sheehey “wasn’t close to being able to go.”

In his absence, redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington made his first career start and totaled three points, three rebounds, two steals and four turnovers before fouling out in 19 minutes.

Now with a critical home game looming against an Illinois team that has dropped five straight games, Indiana is hopeful that it will have its most experienced player available.

“We’re hopeful that he’s going to play,” Crean said this morning. “He did a little bit yesterday. And I’m not able to say if he was ahead of schedule or behind it, but I think to have him out there was a real good thing. He just didn’t do very much but he did some non-contact work and things of that nature.

“We’ll see how it goes over the next few days. But I think after yesterday, we’d be hopeful.”

Sheehey has dealt with ankle injuries throughout his career in Bloomington.

He missed five games during his sophomore season after slipping on a loose ball in practice. This past summer, Sheehey suffered an ankle injury at adidas Nations in California.

After IU’s loss to Northwestern, he sounded confident that he wouldn’t miss a significant amount of time.

“I’m going to be alright. I’ve just got bad ankles,” Sheehey said. “Rolled it once before, so it’s just going to be sore.”

  • And_One

    We’re going to need him. I watched UI give OSU all they could handle last night. We will need all our weapons, a crowd in full throat, and above all, we need the Dr. Jeckyll Hoosiers to show up in place of the Mr. Hyde team that soiled the bed last Saturday.

  • jaywiz

    every time I see this picture I can stop staring at Evan Gordon’s turd pinch face.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Players with a good vertical leap tend to injure their ankles.

  • SCHoosier

    I just hope Rice et all clangs all the shots they did against OSU…

  • MillaRed

    Which is why Jordy had the strongest IU ankles of all-time?

    I kid I kid………..

  • Dave Carnes

    Will is another one of our players struggling with who he is as apposed to who he was told he is.A smaller version of Brian Cardnal is who he can be.
    Ball flow is not that good,doesn’t create shoots.And he misses to many shots when he is taking the right shot.

  • ILive4IUBball

    He looks like a puppy dog cryin’.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Tom Coverdale also had incredible “hops”…rumor had it that he could sky over the Bloomington phone book at will!

  • IUMIKE1

    Proof that the rest of the basketball world is still playing catch up with America, all of the Polish players are amazed with his strong American ankles and can’t seem to figure out how he never has any ankle problems. LOL

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    I agree with you.. I think we are just as good without him. CTC though indicated our ball flow is a lot better with him. Don’t disagree with Tommy too often, but I do on that. I liked us just as well against MSU with out him. he just isn’t a consistent scoring threat this year. I’d love to see him coming off the bench, but that’ll probably never happen.

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