No. 1 Michigan not ruling Jordan Morgan (ankle) out for No. 3 Indiana on Saturday
On the team's pregame notes package, top-ranked Michigan listed sophomore Jon Horford as its "possible" starter in place of Morgan -- who sat out the Northwestern game with a right ankle injury.
But, according to Beilein, that's not set in stone.
"Somebody else put that in there, we'll wait and see what Jordan's like," Beilein said Friday. "If Jordan cannot (practice) Friday, then it's obvious that he won't start.
"I'll wait and see. I don't know. I want to do what's best for the team, but also best for him."
Morgan, who injured his right ankle in the team's win at Illinois on Saturday, watched the Wolverines beat Northwestern from the bench Wednesday.
Horford started in his place, recording 10 points and 7 rebounds. Without Morgan in the lineup, Michigan mainly used Horford and freshman Mitch McGary at the center position -- McGary added 6 points and 11 rebounds.
While Beilein would certainly love to have Morgan in his starting lineup to defend Indiana sophomore standout Cody Zeller, he says he won't be discouraged if he's only got Horford, McGary and redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt at his disposal.
"We have more length when Jon or Mitch are in there," Beilein said. "But Cody's a load no matter who you have on him."
Morgan, who runs at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, went head-to-head with the 7-foot Zeller twice last season. During Indiana's two-point win in Bloomington, Zeller had 18 points (on 8 of 10 shooting) and four rebounds. In Michigan's 12-point win in Ann Arbor, Zeller scored just 11 points, but pulled down 12 rebounds.
Beilein wouldn't rule out the possibility of Morgan -- who has made 86 starts at Michigan and is averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds this season -- at least being available for a handful of minutes if he's healthy. But, again, wouldn't make a declaration either way.
And likely won't until game time.
"Let's just see what he does (in practice)," he said. "I don't hold this huge high regard for who starts. It depends on whether we need him or not or what's best.
"We'll see what he can do."
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