Michigan State will get a big boost Wednesday against Rutgers when freshman forward Miles Bridges returns from the ankle injury that has kept him out for the last seven games.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Monday that Bridges will play as long as there are no setbacks before then but will not start. Bridges said he is about “97 percent” healthy and intends to get some minutes against Rutgers.
“Hopefully I can play,” Bridges said. “I think coach’ll play me a little bit, but it’ll take some time to get back to where I was.”
Bridges dressed for Friday’s game against Northwestern but did not play, as the Spartans won 61-52. Here’s what Izzo had to say about Bridges on Monday:
Before his injury, Bridges looked like one of the Big Ten’s best players and one of the nation’s best freshmen, averaging 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds a game and wowing fans with impressive dunks.
The Spartans have gone 6-1 without Bridges, with a loss to Northeastern. After playing Rutgers on Wednesday (6:30 p.m. ET in East Lansing), they’ll host Penn State and Minnesota before traveling to Ohio State and Indiana.