Indiana's Gordon held out of rout vs. Kentucky with sore back

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Eric Gordon and Armon Bassett, the
starting guards for No. 15 Indiana, did not play Saturday in a 70-51 victory against

Gordon, a freshman, entered the week as the nation's
second-leading scorer although his scoring average dropped to 24.3
points after a hard fall forced him out of Monday's game in the
first half. He was diagnosed with a bruised lower back.

As recently as Thursday, Hoosiers coach Kelvin Sampson had said
Gordon would play. But that changed later in the day when Sampson
said it was obvious he wasn't completely healthy.

"He felt better Tuesday and Wednesday, but by Thursday
afternoon, you could tell he was not getting any better," Sampson
said. "That's when I realized he probably wasn't going to play.
But you never know."

It's still not certain whether Gordon will heal in time for
Indiana's next game, either.

The Hoosiers don't play again till next Saturday when Western
Carolina visits, and Sampson said he's asking Gordon to make sure
he's ready before returning to the Indiana lineup.

"There is no game more important than a young man's health,"
Sampson said. "It's not about if he's going to play or not. It is
whether or not he's going to be healthy enough to play."

Team officials announced just before the game that Bassett, a
sophomore who averages 11.3 points for the Hoosiers (8-1), had been

Afterward, Sampson said Bassett had violated team rules but
would not say if Bassett would miss any additional games.

"I haven't decided that yet," he said.