Kelly’s status for opener …

Iowa sophomore guard Jake Kelly is uncertain if he’ll play in Iowa’s season opener Friday against Charleston Southern.

Kelly practiced Wednesday with a broken middle finger on his right hand, which was submerged in tape and a bandage. He suffered the broken finger last week when Cyrus Tate stepped on it in practice.

“It’s day-to-day,” Kelly said. “If I wake up Friday morning and it feels a lot better, then I’m going to play.”

Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter also is uncertain about Kelly’s condition.

“I just wait, and I really leave so much of that up to (Iowa trainer) John Streif (with) whom I have great trust,” Lickliter said. “We’re going to do what’s best for (Kelly). It’s like I know he would have wanted to play in the exhibition, but we’re going to make sure we don’t get a setback on it. We’ve waited this long, we’re going to make sure it’s healed.”

Kelly started 25 of 32 games last year and averaged 7.3 points a game.


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