Michigan coach John Beilein said Thursday night it’s too early to tell whether or not sophomore forward Isaiah Livers will be available Sunday vs. Indiana.
Livers missed Michigan’s 68-55 win over Penn State with back spasms, something that popped up earlier in the day Thursday.
Michigan coach John Beilein said Livers went through practice fine Wednesday but woke up the next morning with some spasms. Sitting him was a game-time decision.
“He practiced the last two days. He asked out of an extra session on Tuesday because his back was sore, he practiced fine yesterday but was really sore (Thursday),” Beilein said after the game. “We’ll get an MRI (on Friday) and see where he is. But it was a game-time (decision). He tightened up as the day went on, was in therapy for like three hours.”
Michigan went with junior forward Austin Davis as the first player off the bench in place of Jon Teske, though most of the minute load was shifted to true freshman Ignas Brazdeikis — who wound up logging 38 minutes with Livers out and Charles Matthews in early foul trouble.
Matthews played 31 minutes and Teske ended with 32.
“My thought was, with back spasms, he probably wouldn’t be at 100 percent. Hopefully he can go (Sunday) because we just need the minutes there at that position,” Beilein said.
Livers has averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in 13 games this season.
No. 21 Indiana (12-2, 3-0) visits Michigan at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (CBS).
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