John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines had little trouble in advancing to the Sweet 16 with wins over Wofford and Texas this past weekend, but there is an “elephant in the room” surrounding the Wolverines this week, and it surrounds the status of preseason All-American center Mitch McGary.
McGary hasn’t appeared in a game since a 2-point loss to #1 Arizona back on December 14th, and despite a growing buzz to the contrary, Beilein indicates that there are “no plans” for him to return to the lineup.
Beilein on @michiganinsider on McGary’s return : We have no plans for Mitch to play. Plans can change but we have no plans for Mitch to play
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) March 25, 2014
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press brings word of Beilein’s comments on his radio show, and while they aren’t surprising, it is a bit of a letdown for Michigan fans. McGary has been traveling with the team and injecting his patented brand of energy into the mix, and because his back surgery nearly 3 months in the rear view mirror, it wouldn’t seem to be inconceivable for him to return.
It is important to note that Beilein did stop short of completely closing the door on a potential renaissance for McGary (“plans can change”), but for now, the Michigan faithful should begin reconciling this upcoming weekend (and their Sweet 16 game against Tennessee) without him in the lineup.