Wisconsin’s Leuer hurt and other Big Ten notes

Wisconsin managed to time its release of word on forward Jon Leuer’s injury exactly at the time coach Bo Ryan was up for his portion of the Big Ten teleconference.

Ryan, sounding frustrated, said he didn’t have much to add.

“We already released a statement,” Ryan said. “What did it say? Whatever they say in the statement is all I know. We aren’t even called in on those meetings. That’s all HIPPA protected.”

The release simply said that Leuer fractured a bone in his wrist. A timetable for his return has not been set.

Leuer was Wisconsin’s second leading scorer with 15.4 points per game. He was leading the team in rebounds with 6.2 per contest.

“Somebody’s going to have to go in for him,” Ryan said. “All we can do is tell him to get well soon.”

In other conference injury news, Purdue point guard Lewis Jackson is nearing a return from an injured foot, but coach Matt Painter couldn’t give a timetable on that either.

“We really don’t have a date, but he’s doing a great job,” Painter said. “He’s out of the boot about half the time right now. We’re slowly working him out of it full time. He’s shooting some jump shots, but he’s not jogging or running yet. We’re working towards him coming back in the next week and a half to two weeks.”

In coaching news, Michigan coach John Beilein signed a contract extension through the 2015-2016 season that will pay him around $1.8 million per year.