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MSU basketball: Costello injured in practice

MSU freshman Matt Costello took a hard fall in practice this afternoon, and coach Tom Izzo said he might miss Tuesday’s exhibition opener against Northwood (Fla.).

“I mean it just looks like it’s a bone bruise, but it was a nasty one as you saw,” Izzo said. “Whether he’ll play tomorrow, I don’t know. He’s pretty upset but it doesn’t seem to be anything serious, it’s just a bone bruise right in that tailbone and it will be a little sore tomorrow.”

Costello, a 6-foot-9 forward, had ice bags on both his lower back and left wrist when he returned after being undercut by Alex Gauna during a drill.

“I didn’t even see the wrist part of it, I was more worried about the back,” Izzo said. “The wrist will heal. But what they told me was it was 90 percent his back.”

It’s an untimely injury for Costello, who has been battling Gauna for playing time.

“(Costello) is a big guy that LOVES to play. And those guys are almost as illegal as two-guards that can play defense,” Izzo said. “Big guys aren’t supposed to love to play. If you get them to LIKE to play, you’re making progress. But this guy loves the game. He’s in here all the time.”

Speaking of big guys, Izzo said both junior Adreian Payne and senior Derrick Nix likely will start at power forward and center in the low post against Northwood. And sophomore small forward Branden Dawson said he’s at 100 percent health now after rehabbing from his ACL tear and received clearance from MSU’s trainers to play Tuesday without his knee brace.

Tipoff against NAIA opponent Northwood, which is led by legendary former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, is 7 p.m. at Breslin Center. It’s the first of two exhibition games this week, as the Spartans host Division II St. Cloud State at 8:30 p.m. on Friday before leaving for the season-opener  a week later in Germany against Connecticut.

Izzo said the team has practiced “hard, pretty efficient, tough” leading up to their unveiling of an accelerated offensive tempo.

“Our players are going to get to run some stuff against other people, and I’m anxious to see how they compete,” Izzo said. “We’ve gone so hard my biggest concern is now that the coaches are out of it, who’s gonna motivate? The leadership thing is when it now rears its head. The chemistry has been phenomenal with this team.

“The leadership stuff – coaches don’t get to play now, where in practice we get to be on the floor. The zebras don’t let us on the floor tomorrow, so it’s gonna take players to do that. And that’s what I’m really anxious to see, how we respond to that.”

* WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: As Brian Calloway reports, MSU’s women’s team lost freshman Ariel Powers for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. Coach Suzy Merchant had been impressed with the 6-foot wing player from Detroit Country Day, a former high school teammate of center Madison Williams.

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34 Responses to MSU basketball: Costello injured in practice

  1. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    Get well big fella!

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Chris, are you or Graham getting to go over on the team plane to Germany to cover the U Conn game?

  3. avatar Devo024 says:

    Does anyone know if tomorrows game is going to be on TV?

  4. avatar Trophy says:

    I get to watch Day-Day’s NBA debut Wednesday night from court side seats vs. the Suns. I wish him the best of luck in his NBA career, but it’s OK if he waits until Thursday to be a star.

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      Just don’t keep the rookies bus waiting to get your flag signed this time.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      give a brief recap on the other site?

      • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

        Trophy can tell you the story on the other site, its his story and his flag.

        • avatar behind the green curtain says:

          Just run along now son, dont you need to go fire some poor gal for being 7 minutes late with that turkey samwitch. This is football season son wait your turn till after the bowls ya hear.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            In your case, bunkie, you won’t be around that long. Rumor is flying around the sports blogs (espn will announce today) that if you lose again your out by Thanksgiving with no double wide.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          I actually meant a recap of Day-Day’s first game.

      • avatar behind the green curtain says:

        Quit using big fancy words that no one understands, so is the country of petard on the border of the fictional land of Maslow? This is a sports blog not a show and tell for your fancy book learning son.

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          This is a basketball thread, what in hell are you talking about??????

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          At last I know what a book looks like on the inside, there, bunkie. But you keep trying to insult me, let’s see calling somebody smart, yup that’s a real insult.

  5. avatar AtlSpartan says:

    I love Izzo.

    He gave his starting line-up for the first game and Gary Harris was in it. He was asked what Harris has done well to get the start. He answered: “Everything”

    Gotta love him.

  6. avatar AtlSpartan says:

    Here is the real quote:

    Izzo also said MSU will start Keith Appling, Gary Harris, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix. Asked what freshman Harris did to earn a starting job, he said: “Just about everything.”

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      This is pretty much the starting lineup Izzo projected back in July when he and I talked for the Blue Ribbon Basketball Magazine preview.

  7. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Sounds like Coach Izzo is continuing to have some lively practices.

  8. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Heal well, and quickly, Matt.

  9. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Nice story about Rollie and the pasta dinner.

  10. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Gauna undercut his competition??? THAT just sounds bad. IMHO

  11. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    What a starting lineup. Big, strong, athletic, and very good on-ball defenders at the 1 and 2. I love the notion of running guys off Nix and Payne in the same sequence. Some fillings will rattle…..

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