Friday, February 12, 2010

Dumes Out for Wisconsin?

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Indiana, here comes the news that senior guard Devan Dumes is sick and likely won’t make Saturday’s trip to Wisconsin.

Granted, this isn’t like Evan Turner being out for Ohio State, but Dumes is a perimeter threat who, when hot, is capable of providing much needed offense and taking some of the scoring load off of leading-scorer Verdell Jones. He has come off the bench to score in double figures eight times, with a high of 15 at Penn State.

“We went through this last year,” coach Tom Crean said. “There’s nothing you can do about sickness and injury. When things come up, things come up. I can’t dwell on that.”

Here’s something else not to dwell on -- IU is 9-14 and has lost five straight games. Eleventh-ranked Wisconsin is 18-6 and is coming off a rare home loss, which means the odds of a Hoosier upset are on par with Kentucky guard John Wall transferring to Indiana.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error anyways,” Crean said. “You just have to keep creating opportunities for other people. That’s what people committed to winning do – they see an opportunity, take advantage of it. That’s what you hope to get. If you don’t get it, you hope you are that much closer to having it the next time.”

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