With three players injured and the injury bug lingering from the season’s start to finish, Illinois State head coach Dan Muller addressed the injury issue with just two weeks remaining until Arch Madness in St. Louis.
Muller on potentially holding injured guys out until Arch Madness:
“Because we’re so close to the tournament, the worst that would happen would be to have a setback. All three guys’ injuries are different ... I don’t want to be foolish and yet, when guys are ready to play I want them to play. A lot of it really will be up to those guys when they feel like they are healthy and can show they’re ready to go and then we’ll put them out there.”
Muller on frustration of injuries this season:
“It’s frustrating. I can talk about injuries every time I talk like some coaches decide to do, but that’s not my philosophy. If people don’t understand that losing some players hurt your team, then that’s fine. But, not only does it affect us on game day, but just the rhythm of the team has been hard to get ... I said it from October. I always felt if we had our full team healthy, we would really have a chance to be one of the better teams in this league, or the best team and we just haven’t had that yet.”
Muller on Milik Yarbrough’s play without Evans and Fayne:
“[At] Southern Illinois he got really frustrated and the other night he had four [turnovers] in the first half. Two travels and two strips and then the second half he had one and it was a transition turnover, wasn’t a bad play. In a lot of ways I’m not too concerned about it, as I was before. He knows it, he accepts it much better now ... without Phil and Keyshawn out there, they even load up more on Milik, which makes it more difficult. We’ve got to help him a little bit more and yet, he’s got to make better decisions ... he’s another guy who’s trying to do more.”