Michigan could be without sophomore wing Glenn Robinson III for Sunday’s Big Ten home opener against the Northwestern Wildcats -- or they could have him.
Asked for an update on Robinson III’s status following an ankle injury that kept him out of most of the second half of the Wolverines’ 63-60 win at Minnesota Thursday, John Beilein left multiple doors open.
“I can’t give you much of an update,” Beilein said. “He had rehab all day yesterday, we’ll know tomorrow, tomorrow.”
“I’m not sure so we’ll have to just wait and see,” added Beilein when asked if it could be a long-term issue. “We’d love to see him out on the court tomorrow but you and I and everybody else can find that out tomorrow.”
Should Robinson III not be able to go Beilein indicated he and his staff have looked at several possibilities and alterations for the starting lineup including senior Jordan Morgan and junior Jon Horford on the floor together or freshman wing Zak Irvin moving down to the four.
Irvin spent time at the four against the Gophers Thursday as his 15-points off the bench kept the Wolverines in the game down the stretch.
“We’ll take a look at that tomorrow,” Beilein said. “The other day we used Zak Irvin there most of the game but at the same time Jordan Morgan has been the other, can play the right side wing if we needed him to as well.
“Those are our only options right now and it’s certainly diminished, now we’re down to eight scholarship players if he cannot play,” he said.
Fresh off a 76-49 shellacking at the hands of Wisconsin to open up conference play, Northwestern heads to Ann Arbor boasting a smaller lineup outside of 7-0 center Alex Olah who comes in averaging nine points and five rebounds per game.
Given the match-ups, Beilein might be inclined to give Irvin the start if Robinson III can’t go.
“We didn’t envision Zak playing over there but we decided with Mitch’s injury that was the best way to have him get on the floor,” Beilein said. “So it has helped.
“What’s really been a blessing is our freshmen, particularly Zak, has been able to come in and make shots and play defense for us.”
With reports surfacing Friday that Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary is set to undergo back surgery Tuesday, Beilein addressed the issue and what the plan will be regarding information on the Preseason All-American’s recovery process moving forward.
“When it comes to surgery that’s a very personal matter,” Beilein said. “I don’t know how that got out there but when it comes to surgery I’m not going to give updates on surgery or anything. That’s not my job right now I don’t think.
“I think that he’s going to have surgery soon and we’ll make sure we can update you as to the progress after that happens.”
ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman was the first to report on McGary’s impending surgery.