Crean: Roth likely done for the season

Apparently, the point of no return for Matt Roth has finally arrived.

The sophomore guard still hasn’t participated in a full practice since breaking his right foot just before the Puerto Rico Tip-off Tournament in November, and IU coach Tom Crean said Monday during the Big Ten teleconference that Roth probably will not return this season.

“I would doubt very much he’s going to recover in time to play for us this season,” Crean said. “It’s been a slow process. It was a process that was moving in a good direction, but I think it’s maybe kind of run it’s course.”

When asked if that meant he was close to declaring that Roth would pursue a medical hardship, said, “I think it’s pretty probable that’s going to happen right now.”

The Hoosiers had two other players effected by illness in Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. Senior guard Devan Dumes did not make the trip to Madison because of the flu, and sophomore guard Verdell Jones went, but was receiving intravenous fluids just hours before the game. Crean said Jones has returned to practice, but Dumes has not.

In other injury news around the Big Ten, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Kalin Lucas has returned to around 80 percent with his injured ankle. He sprained it in the loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 2, missed the loss to Illinois on Feb. 6, and was limited in a loss to Purdue on Feb. 9. He had 24 points and six assists, however, in a win over Penn State on Saturday.

“The problem now is he’s not getting to practice much,” Izzo said. “… You start to worry about his conditioning, so we’ve been putting him on the bike and some things.”

Ohio State coach Thad Matta said x-rays on guard Jon Diebler’s wrist shows that it is not broken. Matta expects him to play against Purdue on Wednesday.

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  1. The injuries of he and Creek have sure allowed defenses to collapse on the ball being driven or passed inside. With Roth and Creek hitting a decent percentage from 3land would create a situation so the defense would have to make a timely choice. Also would give Watford a little more room to work inside. What could of been, Watford and Creek co-B10 FOY. These injuries are big to this young team.

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