Gophers to be without Dawson Garcia and Pharrel Payne versus Indiana

Gophers men’s basketball players Dawson Garcia and Pharrel Payne have been ruled out for Wednesday’s game against Indiana, the program said.

The Hoosiers added that coach Mike Woodson will be out as he recover from COVID-19. Associate Head coach Yasir Rosemond will take over.

Garcia has a bone bruise suffered in the 60-56 loss to Michigan  on Sunday and Payne is in concussion protocol. Without its top two big men, Minnesota’s task against star bing man Trayce Jackson-Davis grows much bigger.

Jackson Davis was named Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 33 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and 3.5 assists in wins over Illinois and Michigan State last week.

Minnesota (7-10, 1-7 Big Ten) will be down to seven scholarship players against the Hoosiers (13-6, 4-4). Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Williams Arena. The U lost guard Braeden Carrington (leg) for a month and Isaiah Ihnen (knee) and Parker Fox (knee) are out for the season.

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