NEW YORK CITY — According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Hoosiers will have the services of Rob Phinisee this evening when they take on the UConn Huskies for the 2019 Jimmy V Classic. This is a refreshing development as Indiana fans have not seen Phinisee on the court since November 20, when the Hoosiers defeated the Princeton Tigers.
Indiana may be limited in their usage of senior guard Devonte Green, who also suffered a minor ankle injury at the end of the Indiana-Florida State game. According to sources, Green has not yet returned back to health fully since that injury.
Phinisee has been out of service for the majority of the season due to a series of setbacks. Prior to the season, Phinisee was dealing with a lower abdominal issue that took him out of the 2019 Hoosier Hysteria, but he was able to return for Indiana’s exhibition with Gannon University. Phinisee then played the subsequent three games against Western Illinois, Portland State, and North Alabama. He was then able to participate in limited minutes against Princeton, but he has since been on the bench in hopes of a full recovery.
According to Archie Miller, Rob Phinisee was nearly 100% ready to go from his original injury in Indiana’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge match up against Florida State; however, a last minute ankle turn took him out. He has since been dealing solely with the ankle injury.
Of course, the Hoosiers did not have Phinisee in their Big Ten opener against Wisconsin – a game that could have really used the defensive capabilities of the sophomore guard.
On the season, Phinisee has 36 points and 18 assists for the Hoosiers in the four regular season games he has played in. He is coming off of a season where he averaged 6.8 points and 2.9 assists per contest for the Hoosiers.
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