The Michigan State Spartans are all kinds of banged up. Garry Harris’ ankle is apparently “not right” and now Tom Izzo has announced that center, Matt Costello, will be out up to three weeks with an injury of his own.
Costello — who averages just over three points and three boards a game in 14 mpg — was already dealing with the flu before this latest little fiasco.
The kind of injury that Costello has would not be discussed by Izzo directly, but some are speculating (educated guessing, really) that he has mono. Considering that the 6’9″ center has been battling a form of illness for a pretty lengthy period of time now, it’s a logical conclusion to come to. But, to be fair, no real diagnosis has been announced by the team.
Even with the injury, losing Matt Costello now isn’t as bad as it seems. Even if it ends up being the whole three weeks that he will be out. Michigan State is about to embark on a bevy of cupcakes in their schedule. Sans playing the Texas Longhorns on the 14th and the better-than-expected Penn State Nittany Lions on the 31st, the Spartans should finish December in good shape with or without Costello.
It’s January when they will need all hands on deck. The Spartans will open the New Year against the Indiana Hoosiers right before they have to play the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Hopefully for the Spartans, though, Costello will be back in action by then, Harris’ ankle will be “right” and Michigan State can make an honest run at a Big Ten Conference regular season crown.
Granted, Izzo doesn’t really play for those things (he plays for National Titles and NCAA Tournament lore), but I am sure he would appreciate a healthy team that has played together. You know, instead of a team building chemistry and health on the go, in March.