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Hoosiers Face Illini Without Fischer

IU officials announced Monday Luke Fischer had left the team. An analyst predicts Fischer’s departure will have more of a long term than immediate impact.

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Assembly Hall is home to the IU Hoosier's basketball team.

As the Hoosiers begin Big 10 Conference play today at 3 p.m against Illinois, they’ll do it without the help of their center player.  Indiana University officials announced yesterday that Freshman Luke Fischer had left the team. Fischer played in all of IU’s game this season – averaging about 10 minutes per game.  He had the best game of his career on December 22 scoring ten points against Kennesaw State.

Alex Bozich is the editor of Inside The Hall – a website reporting on IU basketball.  He says Fischer’s departure was a surprise.

“Whatever this decision was I’m sure it was not made quickly,” said Bozich. “I’m sure a lot of thought went into it just knowing him and his family. It was a tough decision, but to leave midway through the year it had to be something pretty major for him to want to move on and do something else.”

Fischer is from Wisconsin and was Mr. Basketball there his senior year of high school. Bozich says while Fischer hasn’t said anything publicly he expects Fischer’s next move will likely take him closer to home.

As for the Hoosiers moving forward this season, Bozich says they might start playing smaller lineups.

“Maybe they don’t have a true big guy out there all the time just based on the personnel,” Bozich says. “I mean they are really strong, they have a lot of guards and wings on the team but the front court depth obviously takes a hit with Fischer leaving.”

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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