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"It's frustrating to see a guy out there shooting and things like that but maybe can't handle light and can't handle noise, can't handle this, can't handle that," Izzo said Monday of Trice, who has been able to shoot and take part in non-contact drills in practice. "Does it play a factor? It plays a big factor. Of all the people I'd rather not be missing, it's probably him. That might sound strange to some of you, but of my guys coming off the bench, we're just thin at the guard position.
"I was just watching last year's game at Ann Arbor, and Trice and (Brandan) Kearney were two guys that were in the game. That's something we've got to make up for, and I think (Denzel) Valentine did a very good job at Purdue coming in as a point guard. But you have not only offensive responsibilities, you have defensive responsibilities, and I think that's where we're missing Trice."
Michigan State sophomore guard Travis Trice is out for tonight's game against Michigan, coach Tom Izzo said today on ESPN's 'Mike & Mike in the Morning' radio show. Izzo had called Trice 'very, very questionable' on Monday.
Thank you, Denicos.
Ouch. Makes Keith staying out of foul trouble even more important
Keith can't pick up two early ones as he usually does. If he does, it's Burke on Valentine for extended minutes and that's just trouble.
Not surprising. I think we'll be alright though. Just have to avoid foul trouble. I like Denzel as the backup PG better than Trice anyways. I hope DV continues to make strides to improve his bringing the ball up the court against pressure and stops jumping to make simple passes on the perimeter. That all said, I would love to have Trice's shot tonight when they inevitably drop into a zone against us.
Looking down the road though, I really hope Izzo considers leaving Denzel as the backup PG and lets Trice just snipe the outside jumper and look to score. That's where he's at his best.
Agree - I hate to say it, but I think this game could come down to who's reffing. If it's someone like Gene Steratore, who lets teams play, we should be good. If it's someone like Hightower, Valentine, or Delaney's hit squad from the IU game, be prepared to see Keenan Wetzel running the point at the end (and not because we're blowing them out). It makes me nervous to have exactly one scholarship guard who can handle the ball on the bench.
Is michigans big man back for this?
The first time MSU basketball aired in France the French surrendered to Tom Izzo just to be safe.
I think that serious consideration should be given to deactivating him for the remainder of this regular season, at least....see where he is before the NCAAs and make a decision....might even be best to say he is done for this year....repeat concussions are not good and his future as a functioning person is more important than playing basketball and risking further injury. At MSU, winning is not everything...it is nice...but not the bigger goal of developing young men who can contribute to society....this is not the SEC!
We're National Championship contenders but we're not a deep team. There's no way in hell we're shutting him down for the rest of the season.
My son finished his middle school bball season last year with a concussion after diving for a loose ball and someone landing on his head. They are very, very cautious with them now. I guess a second head injury while the original concussion is still healing can be dangerous and could lead to long-term (maybe permanant) brain damage.
My son missed 2 weeks of school and was told to rest his brain (no reading, homework, video games, limited TV). If Trice is still having light sensitivity and discomfort from loud noises, he's not healed yet.
I love lamp.
Wasn't this public yesterday?
I still freak out at the notion that, after Trice's 1st concussion, they put him on a plane and flew him across the Atlantic. They're damned lucky there weren't further consequences then and there.
This game is now much about fouls.
Looks like he's wearing ear plugs.
I'm getting worried about Trice. State needs him. He's had a couple of really hard knocks to the head this year, and seems to be having trouble bouncing back. Hope he'll be ok.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
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