Hartman returns to full workout schedule

As he spoke about Collin Hartman’s recovery from a recent groin injury, Archie Miller tapped three times on the table in front of him.

“I’m going to knock on wood because every time we talk about him here in the press conference, it seems like he’s getting bit by the injury bug,” Miller said.

Indeed, Hartman’s path back to the active roster has been riddled with setbacks.

After missing all of last season with an ACL tear, Hartman sat through a chunk of October practices with a rolled ankle. The start of Hartman’s season was further delayed by a groin injury suffered on the eve of the Nov. 10 season opener.

But four days removed from his season debut against Eastern Michigan, Hartman says he’s feeling like his old self again.

“I feel really good, to be honest with you,” the fifth-year senior said Tuesday. “It felt good to be out there with my guys again, and out there in practice and actually contributing to the team. I did enough sitting last year. It felt good to be out there and get into the flow of the game and get my feet back under me.”

Hartman played only six minutes in Friday’s win over the Eagles, but they were six fairly impactful minutes.

He made the only 3-pointer he attempted and generally brought a calming presence to his teammates on the floor.

Miller said Hartman is back to a full workout schedule between games and should be a factor for the Hoosiers against Duke on Wednesday night.

“We’ll be mindful of him,” Miller said. “I think as we get through this Wednesday, every game will be a game-time decision on how we handle him post the workouts or whatever. But it was good to have him back. He’s an important piece to what we’re doing. If he’s around, we’re a lot different.”