Crean on Hartman: “I do not anticipate him (playing) tomorrow night”

  • 03/02/2015 7:41 pm in

Sophomore forward Collin Hartman will likely miss Tuesday’s game against Iowa, Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday night on his weekly radio show.

Hartman has been dealing with a lower left leg bruise sustained during the Hoosiers win against Rutgers on Feb. 22 and remains limited in practices after missing last Wednesday’s game at Northwestern, Crean said.

Hartman did not practice on Monday.

“I do not anticipate him (playing) tomorrow night, not for any lack of trying,” Crean said. “And that could change, but it would be hard.”

The biggest challenge in Hartman’s recovery has been his on-court movement — he has not been running since the injury and the bone bruise affects that. Crean said the Hoosiers especially need Hartman to be moving at a “really good pace” when he does play, anyway.

The Hoosiers are hopeful that Hartman will at least be available for Saturday’s regular season finale against Michigan State.

In 28 games played this season, Hartman is averaging five points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. He also started all 10 games at the center position while Hanner Mosquera-Perea was sidelined with a knee injury earlier this season.

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  • INUnivHoosier

    We need him sooner than later.

    A bone bruise sounds like it hurts… a lot.

  • inLinE6

    Not sure what “bone bruise” is… But that blows. Hartman’s hustle and defense will be deeply missed in this game.

  • KmanCRK

    Too bad for the Heartman. Kid is a true soldier.

  • TomJameson

    Doesn’t sound like much when his stats are read like that, 20 minutes, five points, 3.3 rebounds, but his value to this team is almost immeasurable. He gives a lot of heart, BB IQ, hustle, and just a great attitude. He’s missed almost every minute he’s out.

    A bone bruise is just that, a very deep bruise that goes all the way to the bone. That’s a bruise to all the tissue as well. Every time he puts weight on that leg he is probably in a TON of pain. I certainly feel for the young man.

  • I had the same kind of injury when I was at IU (coincidentally). Mine happened while sparring with a friend (karate), he tried to sweep my leg and unfortunately it didn’t give (sneakers on hardwood, very stupid). I couldn’t walk for days, and the bruise calcified because I didn’t get the proper physical therapy (again stupid, college kid and all that), presumably not something that CH will experience.

    Bottom line: man, oh man, that hurt. I mean, breaking-down-into-tears-for-days hurt, blood-rushing-to-it-while-standing-was-excruciating hurt, blow-off-the-date-with-the-hottie-I’d-been-pursuing-for-weeks hurt. Can’t think of many pains I’ve experienced that was worse for such a sustained time. Even when I broke the bone along the right side of my right hand it didn’t hurt as much.

    I too feel for the guy. I might be exaggerating, but not by much.


    Agree that is must be a pretty painful injury, cause when a guy comes back as quick as he did from an injury as bad as he had, the last thing anybody should be doing is questioning whether or not he could go if he really wanted to. Also, as mentioned above by Tom, one can look at his stats and think that he shouldn’t really be missed that much, but he is missed by this team WAY MORE than what those stats would make a person think that isn’t familiar with this team. He’s the epitome of a player doing all the little things that don’t necessarily show up in the box score, but that are essential for a team to get the W, especially this team.

  • oldiugymnast

    That is a deep bruise that effects your bone – think getting kicked in the shin hard enough that you feel the bruise for a week or more. They can actually cause broken capillaries in the bone. They suck. I got a few pinballing on P-Bars. Hips, heels and shins are especially susceptible because of the relative close proximity of bone to skin. I feel bad for him. I had trouble walking after one I got right on my tibia for like 2 weeks.