According to ESPN,
Sources told ESPN.com that the 6-foot-9 Payne, who has missed the past four games because of a foot injury, will sit out against the Wolverines. Payne is second on the team in scoring (16.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.7).
Spartans coach Tom Izzo told reporters after practice Thursday that Payne’s chances of playing were “slim to none.”
“Slim meaning slim,” Izzo said, according to MLive.com. “And when he’ll play is gonna be strictly between me and him. The doctors are in it only to give me information.”
Payne will be seated on the team’s bench next to Branden Dawson, who will be missing the next month or so with a broken bone in his hand.
Payne is reportedly expected to come back in time for the team’s game on Tuesday against Iowa. However, he team’s February 1st contest against the Georgetown Hoyas seems more like a reasonable date for Payne’s return.
Going into today’s game, (3) Michigan State is 18-1, 7-0 in the Big Ten, while (21) Michigan is 14-4, 6-0 in the Big Ten.
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