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Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 5:26 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

You've got to feel for Mo Creek.

Indiana's junior guard suffered a torn Achilles and, according to sources, is expected to miss the season following surgery on Monday.

The Hoosiers, via a statement, said that Creek was injured "away from the basketball court."

One source told CBSSports.com that it was a "freak injury that occurred away from the court" and that "Creek wasn't doing anything wrong."

What matter, though, is that this is a huge hit. Not only to Creek, who has now suffered three significant injuries in his two-year college career, but also to a Hoosiers program that appeared primed to make a leap forward this season.

"This is a devastating blow for someone who has worked so hard to get himself in a position to help this program again," Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement.

With a healthy Creek, Crean & Co. could have made a move this season. This is a veteran team that has added a frontcourt stud in Cody Zeller.

Put a healthy Creek with a motivated Christian Watford and Zeller - along with the other pieces in Bloomington - and you've got a team that could crack the top half of the Big Ten.

Especially with the Big Ten losing a bunch from a year ago.

Now it's going to be a challenge for IU without Creek.

Creek had surgery for a broken patella in December of 2009 and his season ended prematurely a year ago - in January - due to a stress fracture in his right patella.

When healthy, Creek can be a guy who you can build around. He averaged 16.4 points as a freshman prior to his first injury. However, he's played just 30 games in two seasons and now it looks like he'll miss this entire year.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:31 am
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:10 am
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

I am sorry to hear Creek is injured, AGAIN. As others have said good player as a freshman but he is way too fragile. Hopefully Watford and Zellar combo will be the answer this year. Hulls and Jones look like the got they part. Just need someone else to step it up like Sheehy and Olidapo. Pritchard and Elston will play major reserve roles this year. Also, would like to see a bit more of Matt Roth and this Etherington kid.  Looks to me the pieces are in place still evern tough we lose Creek. GO HOOSIERS!



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

So IU basketball is up the creek or up the Crean.   Anyway in all seriousness I am sad to see this happen.  After watching Hummel the last couple of years I can't stand to watch players go down.   Plus I want the Boilers to beat IU with everyone on IU available so that they don't have any excuses when the Boilers blow them out again.
(Boilers number one  in my book but I would rather have IU be in 2nd place than those other evil teams in the Big Ten)



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

i am truly saddend to hear this, I know Indiana just kinda getting back on thier feet and this a big step backwards. I wish the best to the Indiana program and am very anxious to have a strong rivarly again .....I hope that didnt come out patronizing

Keep your head Hoosier Fans good times are on the way



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:49 am
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

I agree with you, IUDOC.  It is unfortuate and Creek was great as a freshman.  I still think (hoping and praying) they have the players in place to make a serious run at putting up some wins.  I believe the biggest piece missing is Rivers.  To the good.  He turned the ball over so much over his college career with IU and did not score.  I believe this will open it up more for Hulls to finally show what he can do. Slow down Verdell a little on the turnover side.  Oladipo, Sheehey both played well last year.  Get Watford back to the way he can play along with getting Elston and lazy butt Pritchard to play like when he was a freshman.  Then Zellers and the rest of the new ones contribute and I think they will be just fine.  Creek hurts but they still should FINALLY do something to start bringing winning back to IU!!! If not, I believe Crean is done.    Take care, Creek.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:39 am
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

As a State fan, I just think of the man that made headlines a couple weeks ago - Delvon Roe - and his numerous injuries that really squashed his true potential as a basketball player. So I feel bad for IU and Creek. Hopefully he can take the time to rehab and come back better than ever, but we'll see.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

What bad luck this kid seems to have.  Unfortunately he may never have the chance live up to the potential he showed during his freshman year.  I just hope for a full and speedy recovery for this student athlete.  As for the rest of the IU basketball team, keep improving and you'll be back at the top more quickly then you could have ever thought.  As always GO BIG RED!



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

Best wishes to Creek for a speedy recovery. I think IU will be okay without him and like their odds for getting back to the Big Dance this year. I remember the big game Creek put on my Cats and wish every renewal could have both teams at full strength. With Calapari and Crean at the respective helms, the Kentucky/Indiana rivalry should soon be back on the national map.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

Just want to say...as an IU grad and huge IU fan...that is pretty cool.  I posted something similar about Hummel last year.  Also looking forward to some meaningful IU vs PU games!  Thanks.  RR - South Bend, IN



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Indiana's Creek out for year after freak injury

As a huge IU fan, I truly feel sorry for him.  He was great as a freshmen!  Think he put up 30+ vs Kentucky before he went down his first year.  I wish the best for him.  However, I TOTALLY disagree with the above article.  I don't think Creek was even going to play a small role in what IU is doing or will do.  He has not been the same player (not even close) since the first injury his freshman year.  IU will surprise alot of teams (and people) this year.  And from a big fan who is a realist...I'm talking 17-18 wins and maybe an outside chance at the big tourney.  But still, Creek has certainly been dealt a bad hand of cards!  Keep your head up MC!  RR - South Bend, IN


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