Will Jalen Hood-Schifino play vs. Kansas?

  • No. 16 IU at No. 6 Kansas, noon, Saturday; TV: ESPN2

BLOOMINGTON – Jalen Hood-Schifino will practice Thursday.

How long depends on his sore lower back. Whether he plays at Kansas on Saturday depends on how he feels Friday. Mike Woodson was in no mood for guarantees Thursday morning when explaining the plan Indiana hopes will get Hood-Schifino to tipoff Saturday.

But Hood-Schifino, out since the Hoosiers’ win over North Carolina more than two weeks ago, will practice. That by itself is welcome news for IU fans.

“Today,” Woodson said, “we’re going to start him out on the floor and see if he can practice. Last few days, he’s kind of shot around and done some things. He’s moving around. So today we’re going to let him bang a little bit, and see where he is tomorrow.”

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Insiders:It didn’t take long for IU to realize how much it needs Jalen Hood-Schifino

There has been an unmistakable Hood-Schifino-sized hole in Indiana’s lineup with him stuck in sweats the past three games. That two of them have been double-digit losses, coupled to Hood-Schifino’s plus-109 plus-minus — second-best on the team — have left those fans wondering whether some outcomes might have been different had the Hoosiers’ No. 1 was able to suit up.

There are no absolutes in these situations, but is there some truth in that argument? To what extent has IU missed Hood-Schifino? Would the Hoosiers have enjoyed better results across their past three games with him on the floor?

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