STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Bryce Cartwright suffered a right high-ankle sprain last Saturday in practice and he’s unlikely to play on Sunday against Indiana, Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said Thursday night.
“High-ankle sprains are kind of difficult to come back from,” McCaffery said after Iowa’s 69-64 loss at Penn State. “Will he play Sunday? I don’t know. He may, probably not. I’d say doubtful, but possible. But he’s made a lot of progress since Saturday. He has made a lot of progress and that’s encouraging.”
Cartwright, a senior point guard, dressed out for Thursday game at Penn State, but he didn’t play. Cartwright said he received extra treatments during the week and thought he had a chance to play. Cartwright wouldn’t rule out trying to return on Sunday.
“Next game,” Cartwright said for his time table to play again. “That’s my goal. But we’re going to be realistic about it, too. I’m going to do my best to get healthy for the team.”
Cartwright said he got tangled with Devyn Marble going for a loose ball during a physical practice last Saturday.
“Marble tried to dive for it, and I ended up getting caught up under his legs, under his body,” Cartwright said.
Thursday, Marble shifted from off-guard to the point in Cartwright’s absence. Marble played all 40 minutes and had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Iowa.
“I thought Marble had a spectacular game for us,” McCaffery said. “Forty minutes, I can’t take him out with Bryce hurt. I’m really proud of him.”
“It hurts (losing Cartwright) because he’s a senior, his leadership, point guard,” Iowa senior Matt Gatens said. “Those are all tough things to cover for, but I thought Dev did a great of controlling things for 40 minutes.”
Marble started 12 games at the points earlier this season. He replaced Cartwright, who suffered a hamstring injury in early December and missed most of two games. Cartwright later jumped back in as the starter against Indiana.
“I don’t know how long Bryce is out,” Marble said. “I would doubt he would be out through the rest of this season. But we’ll take it, and keep getting him better.”
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