In one of the most important games of the season for Indiana basketball facing the defending national champs in Allen Fieldhouse, senior guard, Xavier Johnson was in agonizing pain in his lower leg and had to be helped off the floor.
Playing just nine minutes in that game, it seemed as though Johnson was out for the entirety of that game, but more time was expected to be missed.
And that’s exactly what we got.
Showing up in the Hoosiers’ next game against Elon on December 20 in a boot and scooter to help him get around the court pregame, it was announced one day later that Johnson had foot surgery that would keep him off the floor “indefinitely”.
Here was the statement released by Indiana University on December 21:
"“Indiana University men’s basketball fifth-year senior guard Xavier Johnson will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery today for an injury he suffered Saturday at Kansas. The program is hopeful he will return before the end of the season.”"
There were rumors going around that Johnson was telling fans that he would “be back” while scooting around the floor pregame, but it’s definitely hurting the Hoosiers without their senior guard on the floor.
All of the point guard duties are now falling onto Jalen Hood-Schifino. And while he’s handling it well so far against Elon and Kennesaw State, we will see how he handles Big Ten play when he plays his first Big Ten game against Iowa on January 5, 2023.