James Blackmon Jr. missed one game already this week, but he may not need to miss another.
Indiana coach Tom Crean says Blackmon is on track to play in Wednesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge showdown with North Carolina, barring any last-minute setbacks.
Blackmon, IU’s leading scorer, sat out Sunday’s win over Mississippi Valley State with a left knee injury sustained last week in a loss at Fort Wayne.
“We fully expect that if James continues to progress the way that he has, that he’ll be available to us tomorrow night,” Crean said Tuesday.
Blackmon has missed 24 career games due to injury, including the final 22 last season after injuring the ACL in his right knee in late December. The junior guard is third in the Big Ten in scoring (20.1 points per game), and is tied for the highest career average (16.1) of any player who has played for Crean at Indiana.
“He’s healing,” Crean said. “He’s doing a little bit more every day. We didn’t practice yesterday. We worked him out a little bit and he was better today. Hopefully, he’ll stay on top of that. I’m not saying it’s 100 percent, but if he stays on the track he’s on right now, I think he’s going to play. … Our plan is that he will, but we have to wait and see how he is tomorrow, too.”