Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Injuries are a concern for Michigan State, but having Gary Harris available may quell some worries. Even a healthy lineup, however, couldn't beat Minnesota in this season's Big Ten opener. The No. 12 Spartans hope Harris is healthy enough to play Wednesday night when they try to continue their home dominance of the 18th-ranked Golden Gophers. Michigan State (18-4, 7-2) seems likely to be without reserve guard Travis Trice unless he can pass a concussion test, but Harris (back spasms) probably will play. Both were injured in Thursday's 80-75 win over Illinois, and coach Tom Izzo would like to have at least one of the guards on the court. "If those two guys couldn't play, we are down to the nitty gritty," Izzo said. While Harris' back seems likely to comply, Trice is expected to be out and that may mean an increased role for Denzel Valentine. The freshman guard connected on all four of his field goals en route to a season-high 14 points Thursday. "I'm expecting big things out o...
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