Hartman not likely to play against Iowa #iubb

Indiana coach Tom Crean expects to be shorthanded for the second consecutive game when the Hoosiers host Iowa on Tuesday night.

Crean said sophomore forward Collin Hartman is a longshot to play as he continues to recover from a bone bruise suffered in the second half of last weekend’s game at Rutgers. Hartman missed the final 15 minutes of IU’s win in New Jersey on Feb. 22 and did not dress for Wednesday’s game at Northwestern.

Crean said Hartman is day-to-day.

“I would not hold out hope,” Crean said on Sunday night. “I was just watching him shoot. He’s working really hard, (but) he’s not doing anything live with us yet.”

Hartman’s presence both as a starter and off the bench has been a boost to Indiana this season, which came six months after the Indianapolis native tore the ACL in his right knee. Hartman leads all Big Ten players during conference play with a .531 shooting percentage from 3-point range. He is second on the team with 44 offensive rebounds.

“We miss him,” Crean said. “We don’t just miss the fact that he’s the leading 3-point shooter in the league, percentage-wise. We miss his game. We miss his spacing that he brings. You can put him in all kinds of different situations offensively and defensively. You can switch with him. He fights and we miss him. We really do miss him. I wouldn’t hold out hope right now for having him Tuesday night.”

Crean also lamented the fact that Indiana has seldom been fully healthy since Hanner Mosquera-Perea went down with a kneecap injury in early January. The frustrating part for the Hoosiers is that Hartman didn’t suffer any structural damage to his left leg when he collided with Rutgers’ Junior Etou last weekend. All they Crean and the team can do is wait.

“He’s making progress,” Crean said. “Two days ago, the progress was really slow and overnight it’s much better. There’s no clear-cut ‘OK, he’ll be back at this point in time,’ yet. We’re not there.”