6-Banner Sunday: Xavier Johnson out indefinitely following foot surgery
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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall, and presented by our friends at Trueblood Real Estate, where we highlight the five most essential IU basketball stories of the past week, plus take a look at how the other IU sports programs are doing.
The expected but unfortunate news regarding Xavier Johnson’s injury came down and it is not good with the Hoosiers’ starting point guard expected to miss extended time. With lesser competition, that did not impact the Hoosiers’ ability to defeat their two recent opponents in Elon and Kennesaw State. However, it could be a major issue when Big Ten play starts for Indiana in 12 days following the extended break with no games.
Away from the court, Assembly Call and IU coach Mike Woodson had their normal shows this week. We will as usual conclude with a look at other IU sports led by baseball putting out its upcoming 2023 schedule.
• Xavier Johnson is out indefinitely following surgery
• Hoosiers dominate lowly Elon
• IU struggles early but pulls away late to defeat Kennesaw State
• AC Radio and Doing The Work
• Mike Woodson radio show
• Hoosier Roundup – Baseball releases upcoming schedule
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Banner #1 – Xavier Johnson is out indefinitely following surgery
After going down in serious pain early against Kansas, the future of Xavier Johnson’s season at IU looked bleak. That indeed turned out to be the case as Indiana announced this week Johnson is out indefinitely following surgery on his foot.
While the release does say the team is ‘hopeful‘ he will return this year, the Hoosiers will be without their starting point guard for an extended period, right as Big Ten games are about to begin. IU will have to turn to freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino as the squad’s main ball handler for most conference play. Hood-Schifino recently returned from a back injury that caused him to miss three contests earlier this month.
Banner #2 – Hoosiers dominate lowly Elon
Despite being without Johnson, as well as Trayce Jackson-Davis who sat out for precautionary reasons, the Hoosiers easily defeated the struggling Phoenix 96-72. Jordan Geronimo also was unavailable due to an injury to a finger, but Race Thompson, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Miller Kopp, CJ Gunn, and Logan Duncomb all scored in double-figures as IU took control early and cruised to a win.
Afterward, Woodson spoke, Inside the Hall had a photo gallery, Ryan Corazza wrote his Minute After and Film Session, Alex Bozich penned Five Takeaways, and William McDermott had a column on Hood-Schifino.
Banner #3 – IU struggles early but pulls away late to defeat Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State was the highest-ranked team the Hoosiers faced in non-conference play of the so-called ‘guarantee’ games. While the other six contests were against squads ranked below 300 in the NET, the Owls came in just outside the top 160. Without Jackson-Davis and Johnson (Geronimo was back from his ailment), Kennesaw State used their top-notch three-point shooting to keep the score close and even led for a good part of the 40 minutes. However, excellent play from Hood-Schifino and Tamar Bates (they had 18 and 19 points respectively on the night), helped IU pull away late for a double-figure 69-55 win.
As a result, the Hoosiers finish their pre-Big Ten schedule 9-2 and are 10-3 overall on the season. The team is off until Jan. 5 when they return to league play for good, starting with a Thursday night showdown in Iowa City.
Banner #4 – AC Radio and Doing The Work
Banner #5 – Mike Woodson radio show
Mike Woodson had his weekly radio show on Monday. On it, he discussed the recent loss to Kansas.
Banner #6 – Hoosier Roundup – Baseball releases upcoming schedule
• Baseball announced its schedule for the 2023 season.
• Football revealed its recruiting class for next fall.
• Women’s Tennis landed Elisabeth Dunac, a five-star recruit.
• Three Hoosier soccer players (Daniel Munie, Herbert Endeley, and Ryan Wittenbrink) were drafted into the MLS.
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Now go enjoy yourself a 6-banner Sunday.
Aaron (Ari) Shifron
Assembly Call Contributor