After missing the past two games with an Achilles' injury, sophomore forward De'Ron Davis underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn Achilles in his right leg and will miss the rest of the season, per an IU Athletics press release.
Davis started 15 games this season for the Hoosiers and averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage of 61.5-percent was good for fourth in the Big Ten Conference.
When Davis first suffered the injury, IU Coach Archie Miller said that everyone would have to step up in Davis' absence.
"All hands on deck," Miller said prior to the Minnesota game. "I think every guy on the team at this point in time is going to have to really raise their level of play, and guys who haven't maybe had such roles here early in the season, like I always say, if you're working and you stay ready, you never know. When your number's called, you have to be ready to go. I think there will be some guys with more opportunity here to play."
With Davis out, freshman forward Justin Smith started in the frontcourt. Against Minnesota, Smith had a career-high 20 points in 26 minutes. Struggling with foul trouble in IU's 74-70 victory over Penn State Tuesday, he did not score in six minutes of action.
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