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Jordan Geronimo says he will be ready for NCAA Tournament

Indiana should be healthy for the next stage of the postseason.

The Hoosiers were without reserve forward Jordan Geronimo for their Saturday Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Iowa after he suffered a knee injury on Friday.

Geronimo was in uniform on Saturday but a limited participant in pre-game warmups and never saw the floor.  He had no brace or other support on his knee.

After the game against Iowa Geronimo posted the following message on his Twitter page:

“Beyond proud of my team. Season’s not over yet tho and we got some dancing to do! By then I’ll be back 100% ready to go.  Let’s go Hoosiers!!!”

Geronimo fell to the floor and grabbed his knee in the second half of Indiana’s quarterfinals win against Illinois.  He was helped off the court but could later be seen on the bench putting weight on his knee, and even hopping on the injured leg.  He did not have a significant limp on Saturday, but he did not participate in any pre-game activities that involved running or cutting.

After the game against Illinois, head coach Mike Woodson disclosed Geronimo had suffered a knee injury and indicated an MRI would be conducted.

A 6-foot-6 sophomore, Geronimo is averaging 3.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and .7 blocks in 12.2 minutes per game.  He is shooting 50.5 percent from the field including 29.2 percent from 3-point range.

As one of IU’s best wing defenders, Geronimo likely would have helped on the defensive effort against Iowa’s Keegan Murray, who went for 32 points in an 80-77 win over the Hoosiers.

Indiana is not dealing with any other significant injuries at this time and should enter the NCAA Tournament relatively healthy.  The Hoosiers will find out their NCAA Tournament fate at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday (CBS).

UPDATE:  Indiana playing in the First Four on Tuesday in Dayton obviously shortens the timeline for Geronimo to return from his knee injury.  Head coach Mike Woodson was asked about Geronimo’s availability this week on Sunday evening after the bracket reveal and he said “I don’t know yet about Jordan.”

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