Michigan State has been banged up lately. Travis Trice went down with a concussion last week, Adriean Payne was knocked around against Minnesota resulting in a bloody nose, Keith Appling popped his shoulder out of place and Gary Harris has suffered from back spasms.
The Spartans are hoping that everyone can return to full-strength before their big matchup with in-state and hated rival Michigan on Tuesday.
Harris has been phenomenal for the Spartans this season, averaging 12.9 points per game– good for second best mark on the team. He is just a freshman and a definite contender for freshman of the year in the Big Ten.
However, he has suffered a plethora of injuries this season including a shoulder injury earlier in the season and, most recently, an issue with back spasms that has slowed down his play considerably. It’s easy to see by the way he has played lately that his back is bothering him. When I say you can tell by his play, I don’t mean his production is lacking, but his explosiveness is simply not there.
Harris can streak to the basket and finish with the best of them. He is one of the most athletic guards in the conference, and likely one of the most athletic freshmen in the conference outside of Michigan’s Glenn Robsinson III.
Michigan State will need Harris to get his explosiveness back before they can contend for a Big Ten title. There are many players that need to get healthy, but it starts with Harris.