The scene looked devastatingly familiar.
Indiana sophomore guard Maurice Creek crashed to the floor following a layup in the closing minutes of Saturdays game with Michigan. This time, he immediately grabbed his right knee.
Creek remained down for a few minutes. Unlike last year, when a fractured left patella in the second half of a win against Bryant ended his season, Creek made his way back to the Hoosiers bench.
Ten seconds later, he briefly returned to the game.
Creek was pulled again with 1:30 to go. Monday, the school announced he will be out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right patella.
You cant imagine how big a blow it is to him, IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. Its a tough, tough situation and I hope everyone will think about him and say a prayer for Mo and his family.
Creek has started 13 games this year for the Hoosiers, averaging 8.3 points as he slowly made progress from last years injury.
Before fracturing his left patella, Creek was one of the top freshmen in the country.
He averaged 16.4 points per game, including a 31-point performance in a loss to Kentucky.
Creek played in 12 games last year. The injury occurred less than five minutes into the second half of an eventual 90-42 win.
It was the eve of Big Ten season. IU went on to win four league games without him.
Entering this season, Creeks health was vital to IUs success. He started fast, reaching double figures in scoring in five of the Hoosiers first eight games.
But he reached double figures in scoring just once in the last 10 games (12 points on Jan. 4 at Minnesota). He was eventually shifted to a sixth-man role, coming off the bench in the last five games.
He scored six points in 21 minutes in the 80-61 victory against the Wolverines. His final points came on the layup with 1:41 remaining. He fell to the floor and grabbed the right knee in pain.
Creek limped around the IU bench after getting helped to his feet and returned for one second with 1:31 to go.
Since moving to the bench, Creek averaged 17.2 minutes per game. A threat from the outside, Creek is second on the team with 26 three-pointers (last year, he finished third on the team with 30 threes).
The loss shortens the teams bench. It could mean more time – and more scoring chances – for freshmen Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey. Matt Roth, another three-point shooter, could also emerge as more of a factor off the bench.