Romeo Langford’s playing status for the Arkansas-IU game Saturday is still uncertain according to multiple reports. Zach Osterman from The Indy Star tweeted that, through a spokesman, the Indiana Standout is still in treatment for a back problem. The Daily Hoosier reports that Langford, who leads the Hoosiers averaging 16.5 points per game, is a game-time decision. He had to sit out Indiana’s 89-72 win over St. Francis (PA) in the first round of the NIT Tuesday. In that game, Indiana’s starting guard trio produced big numbers. Aljami Durham had 22 points, two assists and only one turnover. Devonte Green chipped in twelve points and dished out six assists compared to two turnovers. And Rob Phinisee had nine points and four assists while committing only one turnover.
“It’s a very unique deal. Romeo plays a lot of minutes, so having Zach McRoberts and Damezi Anderson available is good, but also playing your best offensive players at times is something we’ll have to do, and I think that’ll be part of what we have to do tomorrow,“ Indiana Coach Archie Miller said. “It also gives you speed, it gives you some guys that offensively can do a lot of different types of things. You need multiple ball handlers at times, and the decision making and turning it over is something that Arkansas is like 12th in the country in forcing turnovers.“
Both teams are 18-15. The Hoosiers and Arkansas Razorbacks tip-off at 11 A.M. Saturday from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.