Hartman to miss time with groin injury

Another injury setback will keep Collin Hartman off the court for the next few games.

The Indiana forward missed Indiana’s season opener after suffering a groin injury during Thursday’s practice. IU coach Archie Miller said the fifth-year senior could miss at least two weeks.

“Feel bad for Collin,” Miller said after Friday’s 90-69 loss to Indiana State. “He’s worked really hard. He’s been able to string together a lot of practices. And he’s shown the signs he’s going to play an important role.”

Hartman missed all of last season after sustaining a knee injury during preseason practice. Upon his return, he was limited for a portion of last month’s practices after suffering a minor ankle sprain, but returned to the floor in Sunday’s exhibition for his first action since March 2016.

Hartman played 15 minutes in last weekend’s exhibition win over the University of Indianapolis, connecting on each of his three 3-point attempts to finish with nine points.

Judging by Miller’s comments it seems the best case scenario would be to have Hartman back in time for the Duke game on Nov. 29.

“We’ll deal with it,” Miller said. “It’s day to day. I expect him to be out a long period of time in terms of he won’t be back tomorrow. It’s going to be an issue, we’re going to deal day-to-day (for a) couple of weeks. I don’t know, but I feel bad for him. He’s worked hard. Hopefully he catches a break here soon.”