Indiana sophomore guard Armaan Franklin is apparently out for Saturday’s noon game against Michigan. When the rest of the Hoosiers took the floor for warm-ups, Franklin was wearing track suit pants and a boot on his right foot.
Franklin came out of Wednesday’s game against Rutgers with an injury and sat out the entire second half. Indiana coach Archie Miller said the injury was an aggravation of a previous one, but the previous injury he suffered was an sprained left ankle. This, then, would appear to be a new injury.
Franklin is the Hoosiers’ second-leading scorer with 11.6 points per game. He also averages 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and leads the team with 26 steals. He is the Hoosiers’ best 3-point shooter, leading the team in 3-pointers (36) and 3-point field goal percentage (45.0 percent). Since Dec. 2, Franklin has scored in double figures in all but five games this season, and in two of those he left in the first half with injury.
On his pre-game radio spot, Miller confirmed that Franklin has a new injury that could impact his availability going into next week’s games. Redshirt sophomore wing Jerome Hunter is making his first career start in Franklin’s place.
UPDATE: Archie Miller said after Saturday’s game that Franklin’s injury is a bone bruise affecting the heel through the Achilles tendon. He said he does not expect Franklin to return in the regular season with two games left next week at Michigan State at Purdue.
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