Tucker's Return to Court Still Up in Air

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Posted Feb 8, 2010

As has become common place, the media asked Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter at Monday's press conference if Anthony Tucker would be back for Wednesday's game against Northwestern. And once again, the coach was undecided.

Anthony Tucker was in uniform Sunday at Ohio State for the first time since being indefinitely suspended Dec. 20. It's uncertain whether that pointed to him playing against Northwestern on Wednesday.

"There's a chance as long as he's dressed," Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said. "We'll see. We're just going to keep evaluating and seeing."

Tucker was arrested (and later pleaded guilty) for public intoxication in December. It was the second time in a year he was charged with the offense. Also missed the 2009 Spring semester because of academics.

Iowa has been without Tucker, it's second leading scorer, for the last 13 games. Iowa has dropped 10 of those contests.

"We've been playing some pretty good basketball," Lickliter said. "You have to move on (when a player is out). When you move on you start developing the way you're going to play. There's always that obstacle. You have to figure out how to get back in. We just have to work through that."

Lickliter said that obstacle is less about chemistry and more about style of play.

"Rotations have been established," the coach said. "Guys are playing well. Earlier in the year, Eric (May) was playing the four with (Aaron) Fuller out. Now Aaron is back and Eric is playing the three. The rotations have changed."

Tucker returned to practice Jan. 25 after being away from the team following his Dec. 20 arrest.

The sophomore from Minnesota has completed the administrations requirements to be eligible to play. Lickliter said it was now up to him to give the final go-ahead.

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