Thompson questionable for Purdue game

Indiana may be short two starters Saturday versus Purdue.

Not only is sophomore guard Armaan Franklin still day-to-day with a football injury, but redshirt junior forward Race Thompson will also be a game-time decision because of a facial injury and a subsequent procedure.

Thompson originally hurt his face in the leadup to the Rutgers game, wearing a protective mask in IU’s last two contests. But the 6-foot-8 forward took another shot to the face Tuesday at Michigan State, missing the very end of the first half as he walked off to the locker room with a towel pressed to his face.

Thompson returned to finish out that game, but IU coach Archie Miller said on his radio show Thursday that the forward underwent a procedure Wednesday.

“The poor guy, fractured his facial area up around his nose prior to the Rutgers game … and he gets wacked really good in the Michigan State game and not only reaggravates it but aggravated the break,” Miller said. “He had to get a procedure done yesterday, a very minor procedure, to get things straightened back out for himself, so he’s going to be out here for a few days. I think we’re a little thin on numbers.”

IU (12-13, 7-11 Big Ten) is trying to snap an eight-game losing streak to its rival. At the same time, the Hoosiers don’t want to end their regular-season schedule on a five-game losing streak, as their NCAA tournament hopes hang on by a thread. Missing both Franklin and Thompson would make that a harder task.

Miller said Thompson was at practice Thursday “in good spirits,” but he’s been sidelined as he recovers from the procedure. He’s also been on medication. Miller can’t be sure if Thompson will be available to play versus the Boilermakers.

“I think that’s going to have to be determined, but the procedure’s one in which he’s going to have to take a couple of days to let the procedure take hold,” Miller said.

As for Franklin, Miller said he is able to do some stationary shooting, but the 6-4 sophomore still isn’t practicing. Franklin had a boot on his right foot leading into the Michigan game, the opposite foot from his previous ankle injury.

The injury on his right foot is a bone bruise, Miller said, affecting the area around his Achilles tendon.

“He didn’t do anything in practice today other than some shooting and some warmup stuff,” Miller said. “He may be a game-time decision, but we’re going into the Purdue game not planning to have Armaan.”

(photo courtesy of IU Athletics)

5 comments

  1. This disappointing, ignominious season ends with the ‘Massacre at Mackey’.
    82-57. Sorry folks.

  2. Possibly no Race …or very limited Race. Most likely no Franklin…or a not nearly 100% rusty Franklin. No Brunk …as has been the case. Senior Day at Purdue? Going out on a limb again there, Brad. Sure you want to wager against your Hoosiers? Sure you don’t think Hoosiers by 25?

    I actually smell an upset….Archie Miller. He’ll be very upset at whistles being blown against an already super-thin Hoosier team. When one roster is thin, who do you think is helped most by tightly officiated/ticky-tack games?

    I predict whistles…Probably more whistles than what saved Izzo’s ass in East Lansing.

  3. The game as in recent years regardless somewhat close or not (not just Purdue but Northwestern, Michigan State, Arkansas or whoever) like so many times the game will be leveraged from IU due to coached physical talent…it takes its toll. And it has very little to do with game but rather what program system is implemented before not just this game but all games over the past 20 years.

  4. Off-topic a bit…but I just heard something rather shocking while watching Loyola vs. So. Illinois game. One of the announcers said the average age on Drake’s roster is older than that of the Chicago Bulls …or Minnesota Timberwolves. And they can come back next year!

    And Archie is dealing with one of the younger teams in college basketball and very few on this site (some who even suggest replacing Archie with the Drake coach) are not in favor of allowing Archie to coach long enough to see his own recruits mature as a team and become upperclassmen.

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-rankings-upperclassmen-paying-off-for-teams-ranked-high-in-the-top-25-and-1/

  5. Don’t know about now, but a few years ago Utah football were an older college football team compared to other college teams.

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