Report: Race Thompson could return in two to four weeks

Indiana could have Race Thompson back in a few weeks, Jeff Goodman of Stadium is reporting.

“Indiana big man Race Thompson has a sprained MCL,” Goodman said on Twitter, via a source.  “The hope is that Thompson can return sometime in early to mid-February.”

The Daily Hoosier inquired of IU Athletics on Friday after Goodman’s report, but they were unable to confirm a timetable for Thompson’s return.  Indiana has only said that his return is indefinite.

Thompson was injured last week in Iowa City when an Iowa player dove into his right knee and caused it to buckle.  He was helped off the court and returned to the floor in the second half with the help of crutches.  He was at the Northwestern game a couple days later and able to walk without crutches.

In his sixth season with IU, Thompson is averaging 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per contest.  The injury snapped a 76-games started streak for the Plymouth, Minnesota product.

The Hoosiers face Wisconsin on Saturday in Bloomington.

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