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When will Jordan Morgan return to the starting lineup?
In order for the Michigan Wolverines to shore up their interior defensive issues, redshirt junior forward Jordan Morgan needs to return from his ankle injury as soon as possible.
The Wolverines were not battered on the interior as badly as they were against the Ohio State Buckeyes, but the Wisconsin Badgers still piled up 24 points in the paint and had eight second-chance points.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jon Horford has started in place of Morgan for the last four games, though Mitch McGary has seen the most minutes out of any big man the Wolverines have.
There had been reason for optimism about Morgan's ankle on Thursday. Morgan did not show the same abilities during Friday's practice, however.
"Jordan got through practice OK on Thursday, (Friday) it was really slow," head coach John Beilein told Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com. "So we just said 'you're not going to get better if we don't just shut you down.'"
If Morgan is not able to go on Tuesday when Michigan travels to East Lansing, redshirt freshman Max Bielfeldt will play extended minutes once again to counter the Michigan State Spartans' rather large lineup.
Bielfeldt played well against Wisconsin, but Michigan State's bigs will present much more of a challenge for the Peoria, Ill., product.
Michigan's interior defense will continue to struggle until Morgan returns to the lineup, so all Beilein and the Wolverines can do is simply hope his ankle finishes healing soon.