Indiana basketball releases update on coach Mike Woodson's status for game vs. Ohio State

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BLOOMINGTON – IU expects head coach Mike Woodson to be on the bench for Saturday’s visit from Ohio State, after Woodson missed the Hoosiers’ Wednesday win at Minnesota while recovering from COVID.

The program confirmed Friday’s news in a brief statement,

“Coach Woodson is doing great,” the statement read. “We are following CDC COVID guidelines, and our medical team expects him to be on the bench for (Saturday) night’s game.”

Woodson’s absence Wednesday left associate head coach Yasir Rosemond — selected as he was Indiana’s primary assistant in scouting Minnesota — in charge of the Hoosiers’ sideline. Kenya Hunter and Brian Walsh, IU’s other two countable assistants, handled substitutions and rotations.

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Without Woodson, the Hoosiers played less than their best against undermanned Minnesota. But they held the Big Ten’s last-placed team scoreless over the final 3:20 on Wednesday, scoring the game’s final seven points to escape Minneapolis with their fourth-straight win.

A win on Saturday would hand the Hoosiers their first five-game win streak in conference play in seven years.

Follow IndyStar reporter Zach Osterman on Twitter: @ZachOsterman.

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