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March 5, 2013
Nik Stauskas practicing, looking good
It appears Michigan won't be without freshman shooting guard Nik Stauskas for long. The 6-6 sniper, sidelined for most of U-M's 58-57 win over Michigan State after taking an early elbow from the Spartans' Branden Dawson, returned to practice Monday, head coach John Beilein reported on his radio show.
"He's got a pretty good gash up there and he's got some stitches, but he practiced today," Beilein said. "He looked good, too."
Beilein cited privacy laws earlier in the day and wouldn't elaborate on Stauskas' health other than to say he'd been examined by three doctors and cleared to go home. Stauskas returned to the bench in the first half but spent the second half in the team locker room.
"He walked out of the arena and he had his friends with him and some family," Beilein said.
Stauskas lost a lot of blood and his eye was clearly swollen following the incident. He reported Sunday night via social media that he was feeling okay and would be back in action sooner than later.
Freshman Caris LeVert played 30 minutes and performed well, scoring eight points and adding two steals in the win.
"Caris is a very young player who is learning a lot and he's one of our better defensive players," Beilein said. "I thought he did a really good job when he was matched up with [MSU's Gary] Harris."
"We've had a lot more up than down, and we embrace that part," he said. "Whenever we have moments of adversity, we embrace it because it's the best chance of getting better. We're one of the younger teams in the country and have 24 wins, five losses. You embrace that more than any adversity."
"Whatever it takes to win," he said, adding he wants U-M to remain flexible and play different ways at different times during a game.
He added they've been working on transition defense starting with sophomore point guard Trey Burke on the ground, saying, 'that's how often he's down there.'"
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