Iowa had two players suffer minor injuries in Thursday’s 73-59 win against Northwestern. Sophomore guard Josh Oglesby was poked in the eye and didn’t return but he could have returned, according to Iowa officials.
Sophomore forward Aaron White injured his right elbow while falling to the floor but did not leave the game.
“I’ll be all right,” White said. “I kind of hyperextended it; it was like dropping the rest of the game. Hopefully some more ice and some rest will make it better.”
It was the second consecutive game White hit the floor after contact. He injured a shoulder last Saturday against Nebraska after Andre Almeida drilled him on an intentional foul. White returned to the lineup following the hit.
“You’ve just got to keep going hard,” White said. “Those kinds of plays I think can help your team, especially if you can draw a foul. That’s just the way I play, I guess.”
The winner of tonight’s Iowa-Michigan State game plays No. 2 seed Ohio State, a 71-50 winner against Nebraska, at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday in a Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
Officials for tonight’s game are Ted Valentine, Lamont Simpson and Jim Schipper. All have officiated Iowa games this year. Valentine also officiated last year’s Big Ten quarterfinal between Iowa and Michigan State. Valentine whistled Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery for a technical foul midway through the game, prompting McCaffery to mock Valentine by standing with his arms folded and staring at the longtime and well-known official.
Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament title last year, the Spartans’ third under Coach Tom Izzo. Izzo is the only active coach to participate in every Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans have beaten Iowa in each of the last two years in Big Ten Tournament play.
Point guard Keith Appling leads the Spartans with 13.5 points per game, and freshman Gary Harris scored 13.2 points per game. Harris was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year earlier this week. Adreian Payne leads the Spartans with 7.5 rebounds and also scores 10.1 points.
Devyn Marble leads the Hawkeyes with 14.3 points per game, followed by White with 13.5. White also is the rebounding leader at 6.1 per contest.