No Bassett (yet)

Pre-game drills.

UPDATE (3:40): Bassett is out on the floor. Looks OK. Not really favoring his left ankle at all, but that was also the case prior to the Iowa and Michigan games. He played a few minutes against Iowa before being pulled and rested; he didn’t play against Michigan.

Also, Holman was guarding D.J. White. Got pretty physical. It certainly seems like he could play if need be. Judging from that alone, it seems unlikely that Holman will be able to receive a hardship waiver (medical redshirt) this season. But we’ll continue checking into that with Big Ten and NCAA officials.

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Injured Indiana point guard Armon Bassett has yet to join his teammates on the floor. They are shooting around about an hour before game time. Bassett has bone chips in his left ankle — basically, a severe sprain with complications — and will be a game-time decision, we’ve been told.

Chester Frazier, the Illini point guard, is out milling around on the floor attempting shots. His injured back and rib cage look tender, as he’s not really making any quick movements. Illinois coach Bruce Weber said earlier this week that he thought he might have to rest Frazier or risk losing him for the rest of the year.

The other injured Indiana player, freshman center Eli Holman, was out working with Dan Dakich. He looks fine. Other than a brace on his injured left wrist, there’s no evidence that he he couldn’t play. He’s shooting with his left hand and accepting passes with it. Of course what we didn’t see — and won’t see — during shoot around is him really have to defend another player or go for a rebound. Maybe that’s the nature of his injury: he has full range of motion but can’t risk taking a hard hit to the wrist.