Indiana starting point guard Xavier Johnson will not play against Maryland in Friday’s Big Ten opener for both teams.
The sixth-year point guard emerged from the IU locker room in street clothes and a boot on his left foot.
Johnson suffered an injury during Indiana’s win over Harvard on Sunday during the first half and did not return.
In six games this season, Johnson is averaging 10.5 points, 2.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds over 24.5 minutes per contest.
Johnson missed most of the 2022-23 season after breaking his right foot. He received a medical hardship waiver during the offseason that allowed him to return for a sixth season of college basketball.
His current injury involves his lower left leg, possibly an ankle. Johnson had ice wrapped around his ankle area during the second half of the Harvard game.
The 6-foot-3 Johnson was listed as questionable by Indiana on the Big Ten availability report released a few hours before the game.
Indiana faces a significant challenge in Maryland point guard Jahmir Young, who is averaging 15.9 points per game. Look for Trey Galloway and Gabe Cupps to split that assignment. Cupps will get his first career start tonight.
Indiana played Maryland twice last year without Johnson and split the two contests.
Indiana and Maryland tip at 7 p.m. ET on BTN.
— Seth Tow (@SethTow) December 1, 2023
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