Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/18/14
Associated Press Preseason All-American center Mitch McGary will sit out Michigan's season opener, Friday night vs. UMass Lowell at Crisler Center. Asked on WTKA-AM (1050) Thursday morning whether McGary would play, Beilein said, No, he wont. McGary, who's nursing a lower-back condition, didn't play in the Wolverines' two exhibition games either, but Beilein sounded confident that McGary wouldn't be out too long. Hes improving every day, making great improvements in everything he can do, Beilein said. The 6-foot-10 sophomore spent most of last season as a backup big man, but earned national headlines when he moved into the starting lineup for Michigan's NCAA tournament run. He averaged a double-double in Michigan's six games, highlighted by a 25-point, 14-rebound performance in an overtime upset of Kansas. In that game, he easily outplayed Kansas' highly-touted Jeff Withey, who had 12 points and eight rebounds. McGary had another double-double in Michigan's Final Four matchup with Florida, but managed only six points and six rebounds in the title-game loss to Louisville.

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