Injuries are starting to cause some serious problems for Iowa’s basketball team.
Point guard Jeff Peterson struggles to dribble and pass the basketball with his left hand. He has a broken bone in his left wrist and every time the ball slams into hand, it’s like a jolt of pain zaps into his arm.
Post Cyrus Tate played only eight minutes against Minnesota and didn’t play against Michigan after suffering a sprained left ankle.
Jake Kelly has suffered several injuries, from a sprained left thumb to a broken finger to a bone bruise in his leg. Anthony Tucker is still getting on the court following a bout with mononucleosis.
Iowa players are thrilled to have one week between games to get healthy and prepare for preseason Big Ten favorite Purdue on Sunday.
“I think this it’s important for us,” Peterson said. “We’ve got a few guys banged up with some pretty tough injuries so it will be important for us to rest but also reflect. We’ve still got a little bit of season left, so we’ve got to go ahead and to turn it around.”
“It’s coming at a really good time,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately we’re coming off two losses. We’re going to have to be a lot better to play Purdue. I think we can do it. We just need to rest up, get healthy and focus every day to get better.”
Iowa (11-6, 1-3 Big Ten) is coming off a 64-49 loss to Michigan on Sunday, which looks much better on paper than it did live. Iowa obviously missed Tate on both ends of the court.
“If I state a fact, I don’t want it to be an excuse,” Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said. “But I think Cyrus helps us a little bit as far as rolling to the basket and giving us another threat down in there.
“I’m not saying you throw Cyrus in there we’re winning this game, that’s not what I’m saying, but just offensively and efficiency, he helps out.”