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McCaffery says Gesell could be shut down for the season.

[ 0 ] March 1, 2013 |

Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery said this morning on a teleconference that freshman point guard Mike Gesell could miss the rest of the season because of his foot injury. Gesell didn’t play in Wednesday’s 58-48 victory over Purdue and is scheduled to have an MRI in the near future.

McCaffery is hopeful that Gesell will return for the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago.

“We’re hoping he plays then,” McCaffery said. “But my understanding is they’ll do another MRI and we’ll see where it is. I think there’s a possibilty, although, I think it’s a small possibility, that they’ll shut him down now.”

The 6-foot-1 Gesell started the first 27 games this season and is the team’s third leading scorer with a 9.0 average. He also leads Iowa (18-10, 7-8 Big Ten) with 33 steals and is second on the team with 79 assists. Iowa’s next game is Saturday at top-ranked Indiana.

The Big Ten Network reported that Gesell is suffering from a stress reaction injury in his right foot. McCaffery has declined to discuss the specifics of Gesell’s injury.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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