Jan 26, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT
On Saturday night, Michigan State was without Adreian Payne (for the fifth straight game) and Branden Dawson. The injuries have been an on-going dilemma for the Spartans. But Sparty wasn’t the only team inside the Breslin Center on Saturday dealing with sidelined starters.
Michigan has been without sophomore center Mitch McGary, an preseason All-American, since Dec. 14. The 6-foot-10 McGary has missed 11 games this season and counting after undergoing back surgery on Jan. 7.
“I really don’t know right now,” McGary answered when asked when he’ll start rehab. He’s waiting for another appointment with his doctor. There is no timetable for his return.
McGary, the breakout star in last season’s NCAA tournament, is averaging 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in eight contests for the Wolverines. He’s missed nine straight games, all wins for Michigan.
Despite being out, McGary has clearly played a role in the team’s win streak with strategic game plans like this:
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