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Posted on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 3:05 p.m.

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein hopeful Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz are at full health

By Nick Baumgardner

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein is hopeful sophomore forwards Jordan Morgan and Evan Smotrycz will be at full strength Sunday when the 13th-ranked Wolverines close the regular season at Penn State.

Both Morgan and Smotrycz left Michigan's 72-61 victory against Illinois on Thursday with "stinger" injuries.

"We'll know more after (Saturday's) practice," Beilein said Friday. "All the guys who played heavy minutes (Thursday) are going to do very little (Friday).

"(Morgan and Smotrycz) have seen the trainers, and they've had rehab and we'll see how they feel."


Evan Smotrycz, shown in a file photo, had a tender hip after the Michigan basketball team beat Illinois.

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Morgan departed early in the second half favoring his left shoulder, but eventually returned to the lineup. He finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes.

Smotrycz left the game midway through the second half after colliding with Illinois center Meyers Leonard. He walked to the bench favoring his hip, and, like Morgan, eventually returned.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore finished the game with three points and two rebounds in 14 minutes, eventually fouling out. Smotrycz was given a wrap around his mid-section in the Michigan locker room afterward.

Asked whether or not anything was structurally wrong with Morgan's shoulder or Smotrycz's hip, Beilein said "not that I've heard of so far."

Michigan (22-8, 12-5 Big Ten) is at Penn State on Sunday (1 p.m., ESPN).

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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