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Barlow practices

Weather kept me from making the trip to West Lafayette today for practice but good news for Purdue fans: Kelsey Barlow participated.

Barlow sprained his ankle against Iowa, coach Matt Painter said on Monday. Purdue had a day off Monday and Barlow was going to get treatment for the injury. But he was back on the court for practice on Tuesday, men's basketball sports information director Cory Walton said.

John Hart is "working his way back in," according to Walton. Painter said on Monday that Hart had yet to be cleared to participate in a full practice. Until that happens, Hart won't play in a game.

Painter had said last week there was a chance that Hart could have played against Iowa on Sunday, but Hart was in street clothes still with a boot on his healing right foot.

"His first contact stuff is not going to be in a game," Painter said Monday. "If he gets released (for practice), it doesn't guarantee he'll play. We have to see him in practice and see how (his foot) reacts to it the next day. We want to make sure we make the right decision for John."

Purdue, which moved up to No. 8 from No. 11 in the AP poll this week, has been OK without Hart in the lineup. It's helped that Ryne Smith has emerged as a consistent scorer behind JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, the role that Hart had filled before his injury.

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