Indiana's Ratliff out indefinitely after thumb surgery

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana guard A.J. Ratliff had surgery
on his injured right thumb Tuesday and will be out indefinitely.

Ratliff was injured during practice on Monday, coach Mike Davis
said Tuesday in a statement.

The sophomore was expected to be a key contributor this season
after starting 14 games in 2004-05.

"A.J. was one of the most improved players during the
offseason, and we will miss him," Davis said. "But I also feel
confident about the other group of players who could fill his spot
while he is recovering."

Ratliff ranked among the top freshmen in the Big Ten last
season. He was second among freshmen in 3-point percentage (43.6)
and averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Freshman Ben Allen broke his nose during the team's 15-minute
scrimmage at Hoosier Hysteria but has practiced with the team and
is expected to be ready for Indiana's season-opener Nov. 18 against
Nicholls State.