Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas questionable for Slippery Rock, Jon Horford expected back
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan may be getting one player back from injury Friday, but it also might be losing another.
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein said Thursday that freshman wing Nik Stauskas is questionable for Friday's regular-season opener against Slippery Rock (8:30 p.m.) due to a back injury.
"Stauskas has a little bit of a back problem, so he's questionable for this game," Beilein said. "He's come up with a little bit of a sore back, we'll see what he can do. He did not (practice Wednesday), so we'll see.
"He woke up wrong, or whatever, he's got a little bit of a spasm going on."
The 6-foot-6 freshman wing averaged 12.5 points per game over Michigan's two exhibition contests -- he went 6-for-11 from 3-point range.
While Stauskas' status seems up in the air, Michigan is more hopeful about the condition of sophomore forward Jon Horford.
Horford -- who suffered a knee injury prior to the start of the season -- was expected to practice at full-speed Thursday, and Beilein said he hoped to be able to work him into the rotation Friday when Michigan opens its regular season.
"Jon Horford, we'll try to get him in there," Beilein said. "That's the plan, he'll go full-go (Thursday), for the first time."
In other injury news, Beilein said he hoped to get more minutes for redshirt freshman forward Max Bielfeldt during Monday's exhibition win over Saginaw Valley State, but couldn't because of a nagging foot injury.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pound forward sat out last season to gain experience and rehab an issue with knee tendonitis.
"He's right there," Beilein added. "He's still adjusting to playing on the perimeter as a four, or even with the high-low game. But the other day his feet were giving him problems, and he couldn't (play) in the first half.
"We're still working at that."
NOTE: Michigan says it will raise its 2011-12 Big Ten championship banner on Nov. 27 before its home game against No. 6 North Carolina State. It'll be Michigan's first title banner since 1986.