The worst news for Michigan State on Saturday wasn’t the 80-63 loss at No. 16 Purdue, but rather the ugly right knee injury suffered by senior guard Eron Harris.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo addressed the injury to Harris — who left on a stretcher in the second half — after the game.
Per Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press, Izzo called it a “badly sprained knee” and said an MRI is to come.
Izzo says Eron Harris has a "badly sprained knee" as of right now. MRI when MSU gets home. "It doesn't look like anything great."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 18, 2017
And per Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News, Izzo said Harris was moving around on crutches after the game and will be out for “a while.”
Tom Izzo says "badly sprained knee" on Eron Harris. He was on crutches after game. Will be out for "a while" Izzo adds
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) February 18, 2017
Izzo went on to tell the Spartan Sports Network on his postgame show about his thoughts on the game. He struck an optimistic tone, saying the game itself left him disappointed, but not the preparation for it.
His initial thoughts: “We played fairly well the first 10 minutes, and then it seemed like we ran out of a little gas. We just had weird lineups in there. The foul trouble bothered us. We couldn’t do some of the things we wanted to do. We tried doubling the post a couple times with different lineups in there. We just couldn’t execute it. Again, we had 15 turnovers, but only 5 of them were steals, so we’re kind of just still struggling with that. I liked the preparation. I liked the way we worked this week, so I’ve got no problems with that. We’ve just got to get back to the drawing board.”
On defending Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas: “We just got outsized, and then when we tried to double down, they hit 3s. Give them credit. I thought they played awfully well and made shots, especially that first half.”
On who played well: “I didn’t think anybody played great. Miles (Bridges, who had 14 points) was OK. Matt (McQuaid, who scored 11) was OK. We didn’t have a lot of guys that played great. We missed some good shots. We missed some layups. And we missed a bunch of free throws. So that’s a bad combination against a good team.”
On Alvin Ellis III, who posted 10 points: “Alvin has been playing good, and he continues to play good. Just against this team, that’s a bad combination, Alvin at the four. Anybody at the four other than Miles is a bad combination with this team.”
On his outlook after the game: “Everybody’ll be disappointed. I’m disappointed, but I’m not discouraged. We’ve been practicing good. We’re going to continue to work. We’re going to come home and hope our home-court fans will get us going a little bit. We’ve been better at home than on the road. I guess that’s part of being young, but a little disappointing. I think there’s a lot of good things ahead for this team.”