Kline Sidelined Indefinitley
Feb. 15, 2004BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana forward Sean Kline will be sidelined indefinitely with a right knee injury, IU head coach Mike Davis announced Sunday evening. Kline, Indiana's fourth-leading scorer (7.1 ppg) and rebounder (4.0 rpg) hurt his knee midway through the second half of Saturday's 71-56 loss at Purdue, and tests Sunday revealed significant injury to the knee. Kline will be evaluated again on Monday by Indiana team physicians to determine how the injury will be managed. The Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA) prohibits IU Athletics from revealing any further information.
A 6-8, 235-pound sophomore from Huntington, Ind., Kline is hitting .500 (59-of-118) from the floor and .717 (38-of-53) from the free throw line for the Hoosiers (12-10, 6-5 Big Ten) this season. Kline grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in a 62-50 victory over Butler on Dec. 13 and scored a career-high 15 points against Kentucky on Dec. 20.
Despite the fact that Indiana plays four of its last five games at home, beginning with Wednesday's game against visiting Minnesota (8 p.m., ESPN Plus Local), Davis knows Kline's absence leaves a significant void in the Hoosier frontcourt.
"Sean has really improved this season, which is what makes this injury such a shame," Davis said. "Sean has been a key contributor for us, and we are going to miss him while he is out."
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