Michigan's Jordan Morgan, Caris LeVert improving from injuries, Max Bielfeldt now questionable
But it's flaring up in another.
Michigan coach John Beilein said Friday the injured ankles of junior Jordan Morgan and freshman Caris LeVert seem to be improving, but redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt is now questionable for Sunday against Illinois (1 p.m., ESPN) with an ankle injury of his own.
"We've had another injury with Max Bielfeldt right at the end of practice (Tuesday), he's going to be questionable to see what he can do," Beilein said. "We gave Jordan enough rest and rehab and drills and we'll try to go full-go with him (at practice Friday) and Caris is going to go full-go as well."
Morgan returned to the starting lineup last Sunday in a win over Penn State, but was extremely quiet -- partly due to foul trouble and partly due to health. LeVert, meanwhile, suffered an ankle injury during the Penn State win -- and was not able to play in the second half.
Bielfeldt has seen extended minutes in two of Michigan's last three games, partly because of Morgan's health.
Morgan has missed two of the team's last six games, and is averaging just six minutes over his last four appearances.
Beilein said earlier in the week that Morgan just hasn't been himself since severely turning his ankle in a win at Illinois last month, and as a result, the Wolverines' interior defense has suffered.
If Morgan is healthy and can play, Beilein expects he'll keep him in the starting lineup over both freshman Mitch McGary and sophomore Jon Horford.
"We showed the guys clips of some really great defensive possessions against Minnesota, Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa, Illinois," Beilein said. "And it was amazing how much Jordan was a huge part of all of those. Those are big things we're looking to get back.
"If he's healthy and he's playing well enough -- Mitch just wants to play, he's not hung up on who starts, so I don't mind bringing him off (the bench). But if Jordan doesn't go, then we have to make an adjustment if he can't move like he has in the past."
Michigan did not have a midweek game this week, and was able to take two full days off after going 3-3 over its last six outings.
Beilein said he hopes the extended rest for his injured players -- and his healthy players -- pays off in the long run.
"We needed time, we gave them two days off this week," he said. "We're usually at 13 hours of practice going into (the last two days of the week). We're at 9 hours (now). They had four extra hours this week that we did not use for anything.
"We just wanted to make sure the Trey Burkes and Tim Hardaways had enough time, but for the freshmen, just to let them be a student a little bit more, a college-aged person a little bit more. ... It's a long year."
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