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Tom Crean ‘fully expects’ James Blackmon Jr. to play Wednesday

Armed Forces Classic - Indiana v Kansas

HONOLULU, HI - NOVEMBER 11: James Blackmon Jr. #1 of the Indiana Hoosiers calls out a play during the second half of the second game of the Armed Forces Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on November 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Indiana won the game 103-99. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

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Hoosier Nation can breathe a sigh of relief today, as it appears that their star guard James Blackmon Jr. will be ready to play against North Carolina on Wednesday night.

“We fully expect that, if James continues to progress the way that he has, that he’ll be available to us tomorrow night,” head coach Tom Crean said, addressing the media on Tuesday evening.

Blackmon had missed Sunday’s game against Mississippi Valley State due to an undisclosed knee injury. That’s concerning because, in addition to having to miss much of the 2015-16 season following a knee injury, Blackmon has already had three surgeries on his knees. He tore an ACL as a sophomore in high school, he had surgery to repair his meniscus after his freshman season at Indiana and the injury that cost him last season was reportedly a partial tear of his ACL.