Although No. 23 Iowa defeated then-ranked Ohio State this past weekend, the Hawkeyes lost star forward Tyler Cook in the process.
Cook was out of action earlier in the season with a knee injury, and it appears he could miss time again with a sprained ankle.
During the second half against the Buckeyes, the junior forward drove to the basket before crashing down hard. He was immediately in pain and needed assistance to get off the court.
Iowa will face Penn State on the road tomorrow, as the Hawkeyes are looking to stretch their winning streak to four games.
The Hawkeyes will require strong performances from Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp over the next few matchups, specifically in the event that Cook does miss an extended period of time.
Considering that Cook missed practice on Monday, it appears his status is still unclear. However, the team isn’t ready to officially declare him out for this upcoming conference clash.
From the Quad-City Times:
Cook did not practice Monday. McCaffery said the plan was for Cook “to do some stuff (Tuesday) and see how it goes” before the team departs for State College, Pennsylvania.
If Cook can’t play, McCaffery said in all likelihood senior Nicholas Baer would move into the starting lineup.
Cook is averaging 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest this season.
After climbing back into the Top 25 poll this week, the Hawkeyes will try to avoid being upset by the Nittany Lions on Wednesday night.