IOWA CITY -- Iowa point guard Mike Gesell will miss the rest of the regular season with a right foot injury but could return in time for the Big Ten Tournament, which starts March 14.
"He will not play any time sooner than that (the Big Ten Tournament)," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said in a Friday teleconference. "We’re hoping that he plays then. That’s the plan.
"My understanding is they’re going to do another MRI and we’ll see where it is. I think there’s a possibility, although I think it’s a small possibility, that they’ll shut him down then."
Gesell, a freshman, scores 9.0 points a game and ranks second in assists with 79. He averages 27.5 minutes per game.
Gesell hurt his left ankle against Nebraska, but this injury is unrelated. It's not a stress fracture and it doesn't affect his right ankle.
"You treat him, you treat him, you treat him, then you go back and look again to make sure that it’s improved," McCaffery said. "Obviously, he’s in a boot and he’s getting treatment every day, twice or three times a day. It’ll get better. But on the off chance that it doesn’t get better, we’ve got to take another look at it to make sure it’s improved the way we want it to."
McCaffery said "everybody else is good" when it came to health in preparation for Saturday's game at No. 1 Indiana.
Wednesday, McCaffery chose to move Devyn Marble from off-guard to the point to replace Gesell and insert Josh Oglesby into the starting lineup. Freshman Anthony Clemmons had started 13 games at point guard, but McCaffery chose to start Oglesby instead.
"I felt like I wanted to go with Dev as starter at that position," McCaffery said. "And I felt that bringing Clemmons off the bench in the role that we did would be the best thing for him and for the team. He knows he’s going to play a lot. If you start both guards, you don’t have another point guard to bring in. You could obviously bring in Josh and move one out or move one over or whatever. I just felt like it would be good for Josh, good for Dev and it would be good for Clemmons."
On Dan Dakich's radio show Thursday, McCaffery said when Gesell returns to the lineup, he might move back to off-guard — where he started 13 games — and leave Marble at the point for the rest of the season.
This is McCaffery's second game against a top-ranked team in his Iowa coaching tenure. On Jan. 19, 2011, Iowa lost 70-48 at No. 1 Ohio State. Indiana, which lost Tuesday at Minnesota, likely will fall to No. 2 behind Gonzaga next week.
Iowa is 2-19 all-time against No. 1 teams. The only wins were against UCLA in 1965 and Connecticut in 1999, which was Steve Alford's coaching debut. Both games were at neutral locations.
- The Hoosiers have made at least seven 3-pointers in 10 straight games. They're shooting 44.6 percent from 3-point range during that span.
- Indiana ranks first in scoring margin (20.4) and free throws made (551). The Hoosiers rank second in points per game (82.2) and 3-point percentage (42.6), fifth in rebound margin (8.3) and 15th in field goal defense (38.4 percent).
- Indiana has held five straight opponents under 43 percent. In the teams' previous meeting on Dec. 31, the Hoosiers held Iowa to 3-of-17 from 3-point range in a 69-65 Indiana win.
- Fifteen times this year Indiana has made at least 20 free throws in a game.
- Iowa is 9-1 when Aaron White scores at least 16 points in a game (loss at Virginia Tech). He's one of three Big Ten players (Indiana's Cody Zeller, Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas) to average at least 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game.
- Iowa guard Devyn Marble has averaged 18.8 points per game over his last five. He needs 43 points to become the 41st Iowa player with 1,000 career points.
- Iowa is 2-6 on the road, and four of those losses were decided by four points or less (two in overtime). Six of Iowa's eight Big Ten losses were by four points or less.
- Iowa is 16-2 when scoring more than 80 points under McCaffery. The only losses -- 103-89 at Indiana, 108-97 at Oregon -- both came last year.
- Indiana will honor Calbert Cheaney before the game to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cheaney becoming the school and Big Ten's all-time leading scorer. Cheaney still holds both records with 2,613 points.