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Nik Stauskas needed 12 stitches to close a wound above his eye. (Photo: MGoBlog)
Nik Stauskas did not return to Michigan’s win over Michigan State on Sunday after taking an accidental Branden Dawson elbow, and Wolverines coach John Beilein said that there’s no official word on Stauskas’ status moving forward.
Stauskas was rushed to Michigan’s locker room, bleeding profusely from just above his left eye, after Dawson inadvertently injured him on a play near the basket. As Trey Burke raced down the floor for a layup, Stauskas staggered along the far baseline, calling for a referee’s attention.
The freshman sharpshooter did return to Michigan’s bench for the second half, with 12 stitches and a heavy bandage in place over his eye. He did not reenter the game, and Beilein’s words — “I don’t think he felt real good,” he said in his press conference — hint that the Wolverines might have been playing it extra cautiously in case Stauskas suffered a concussion.
Michigan’s next game is Wednesday night at Purdue, followed by its regular-season finale against Indiana next Sunday.
Without Stauskas in the lineup, Michigan turned to fellow freshman Caris LeVert. He delivered eight points in 30 minutes, while playing some tough defense on Michigan State’s Gary Harris. LeVert, who started the year with a redshirt, might be in line to start against the Boilermakers if Stauskas cannot go.
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Four minutes into Michigan’s game against Michigan State, Branden Dawson’s elbow made a firm connection with Nik Stauskas’ face. Stauskas went down in the bloody heap and was escorted off the floor with a towel covering his blood soaked face. It was clear that Michigan would be without its best perimeter shooter for the duration of the game.
But while Michigan...
John Beilein was available during his post-game press conference to talk about his team’s 58-57 win over Michigan State. He mentioned that he had not received any news about Nik Stauskas regarding a potential concussion resulting from the elbow Stauskas took in the first half. You can watch the full presser below or read selected notes and quotes after the jump.
The Michigan Wolverines nearly let a late 10-point lead turn into a heartbreaking loss against their arch-rivals, the Michigan State Spartans, on Sunday. But Trey Burke had other ideas.
With Nik Stauskas out after taking a Branden Dawson elbow early and the Wolverines unable to connect on a 3-pointer all day, Burke saved his team late — first, he put Michigan ahead in the closing...
John Beilein joined the rest of the Big Ten coaches on the weekly teleconference on Monday morning. You can read selected notes and quotes from the call below.
On Nik Stauskas’s health: “I have no update yet. He wasn’t fine, he had a pretty good gash over his eye, and it was pretty swollen when he left (the arena). I have no update I can share with you yet, let’s just...
At one point during Michigan’s shocking loss to Penn State in Happy Valley, fans watched a visibly frustrated John Beilein get in Nik Stauskas’s face after the freshman presumably missed a defensive assignment. It was a side of Michigan’s coach fans are unfamiliar with — Beilein is more often seen putting his arm around a player and explaining than slamming...
In his weekly appearance on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA the Wolverines headman discussed his team's recent victory over Michigan State, the defensive improvement, Caris LeVert's emergence, Tret Burke's will, his philosophy on working referees, the health status of Nik Stauskas, Jordan Morgan, Max Bielfeldt, and more.