EAST LANSING – Michigan State tries to bounce back from a decisive loss with its top scorer and top rebounder hampered.
Spartans forward Joey Hauser has been limited to training due to a knee injury in the days following the Spartans’ loss to Northwestern on Sunday, but Spartans coach Tom Izzo is hopeful he can s ‘fit Friday against Wisconsin.
“I hope he will be fine on Friday,” Izzo said.
Hauser hit his knee against an opponent’s knee in the first half on Sunday at Evanston. Hauser was gone for the remainder of the half but came back after half time and played the second half with an inning on the knee. He finished with five points in 21 minutes in a 79-65 loss.
Izzo said on Wednesday that Hauser suffered from a sprained knee, but the imaging did not reveal anything more serious. The injury caused him to miss the team’s training on Tuesday and part of his Wednesday training, during which he was “a little slow”.
Hauser’s availability for Friday will be determined by the reaction of his knee after doing most of Wednesday’s practice, Izzo said.
“It was a sprain, but sprains are different for every guy,” Izzo said. “I hope he will be fine for Friday.”
Hauser is Michigan State’s leading scorer with 12.1 points per game and the leading rebounder with 8.9 points per game.