Michigan's Jordan Morgan has 'best' practice since injury, but John Beilein gives no promise on minutes
Or, maybe it won't.
John Beilein's not really saying.
"Jordan practiced (Thursday), it was the best he looked (since his ankle injury)," Beilein said. "He practiced yesterday, he practiced really well, that (should tell you plenty).
"But I don't know what I'm going to do with numbers until I see everybody practice (Friday)."
After injuring his ankle during a win at Illinois on Jan. 27, Morgan sat out the third-ranked Wolverines' win over Northwestern three days later.
He then returned to the active roster on the road at Indiana last Saturday, but only played two minutes in an 8-point loss.
On Tuesday against Ohio State, Morgan saw just four minutes of action off the bench behind starter Jon Horford and lead reserve Mitch McGary, who played more minutes than any of the Wolverines' big men.
Beilein has said throughout the season that he'd like to be able to use two-post lineups against bulkier teams (like Indiana and Ohio State), but Morgan's injury has put a bit of a damper on that -- from a defensive standpoint.
If Beilein is going to use two big men, he says he'd like to have Morgan playing power forward alongside either McGary or Horford at center -- something he says he would have done more against the Hoosiers and Buckeyes recently, if not for the injury.
"It depends, really, who we're playing and what that guy can do (defensively) on the perimeter," Beilein said. "Jordan is one of our guys we really feel good about having go out and chase around a Deshaun Thomas or a Christian Watford. Can the other guys do that? It's more of a defensive issue.
"(If he was healthy) he would have played five to 10 minutes as a four-man (against Indiana and Ohio State), and would have been able to give Glenn a bit of a rest."
Robinson, Michigan's 6-foot-6 freshman forward, has played 81 of a possible 85 minutes over the past two games.
The third-ranked Wolverines (21-2, 8-2) travel to Madison, Wisc. on Saturday (noon, ESPN) to battle Wisconsin (16-7, 7-3).
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