Kelser, Vincent, Smith, Davis ... Morgan
Injury updates: Durrell Summers' ankle injury doesn't appear serious, and he's expected to play Thursday vs. Penn State. Meanwhile, Tom Izzo said today that Delvon Roe will probably need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the season. Izzo said the issue is "minor minor," he'll have to have it cleaned out like Goran Suton did a year ago, but in the meantime Roe will be playing through some pain for the rest of the season.
Izzo also told us more about the Friday slumber party at Breslin that is sure to receive lots of attention in the near future. It was Draymond Green's idea, and all the players, coaches and staffers took part. Izzo and son Steven slept on sleeping bags on the block "S" at center court on the main floor. More Tuesday on what Izzo called "one of the great team-building events" he's encountered.
Also today, Raymar Morgan shared Big Ten POW honors with Evan Turner. Morgan needs just 16 points to become the fifth player in MSU history with 1,500 points and 700 rebounds. The others are Steve Smith, Paul Davis, Greg Kelser and Jay Vincent. Decent company, wouldn't you say? (Also, fitting that Morgan and Davis are on this list together. Both guys who were oft-maligned, who seemed to have more than they gave at times, but who ended up with pretty accomplished careers).
MSU is up to No. 11 in the AP poll and here's Joe Lunardi's latest bracket projection. MSU paired up with Gonzaga in Spokane? That'd be a tough assignment. Not likely either, considering the committee tries to avoid regular season rematches in the first weekend if possible.
Wrapping up Purdue, here's the gamer and the painful reality of a Hummel-less lineup from the Purdue side. The good news for Purdue (and the Big Ten) is that JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore announced today they'll definitely be back as seniors next season. Wise choices.