Indiana pulled out a huge road win over then-No. 6 Michigan State on Saturday, snapping a seven-game losing streak and rekindling hope that this season could end with an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Hoosiers beat the Spartans while one of their best players, senior forward Juwan Morgan, languished on the bench with a shoulder injury for much of the game.
Late in the first half, Morgan dived on the floor for a loose ball and got his arm caught, twisting his left shoulder. It was the same shoulder that he'd had surgery on as a freshman. He left the court in obvious pain and did not return.
Fortunately for the Hoosiers, it seems that Morgan could be back in the lineup soon. On his radio show Monday night, coach Archie Miller said Morgan returned to practice Monday and is progressing well ahead of the Hoosiers' matchup Thursday against Iowa at Assembly Hall.
“He probably dodged a bullet,” Miller said. “I think, more than anything with Juwan, there's some concern there because he's had shoulder injuries, a shoulder that went out quite a bit (his freshman year), then it was repaired.
“I think, more than anything, when he was on the ground and it was extended behind his head, the bodies that were landing on him hyper-extended it and stretched him. I think, No. 1, (he was) in pain. Then two, it probably (put) a scare in him, like, 'Oh no, not again.'”
It's still unclear whether Morgan will be able to play against the Hawkeyes. The Waynesville, Missouri, native is second on the team with 15.9 points per game and is the Hoosiers' leading rebounder at eight per contest.
“I don't think (Morgan) is 100 percent,” Miller said. “But hopefully by the end of the week, he's feeling a little bit better without any setbacks.”