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Michigan State basketball: Absence of Malik Hall felt vs. Alabama

The absence of Malik Hall was felt big-time as Michigan State basketball fell against Alabama on Thursday night.

Another key player is hurt for Michigan State basketball, as the Spartans announced that senior starter Malik Hall is going to miss approximately three weeks with a stress reaction in his left foot.

Michigan State will likely have to ask Pierre Brooks to start throughout Phil Knight Invitational as he did against No. 18 Alabama and Hall’s absence was certainly felt. Brooks has shown a ton of flashes of greatness and now it is his time to show what he has.

Hall isn’t going to be rushed back, but it’s clear that the Spartans are sorely missing him.

According to a press release from Michigan State, Malik started feeling discomfort after MSU’s win over Villanova on Friday night at the Breslin Center. Michigan State does not expect Hall to need to get surgery. The Spartans are also likely to be down sophomore guard Jaden Akins who also was injured in the Villanova game and re-aggravated a foot injury he sustained earlier in the year. Akins is likely going to miss the weekend tournament.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said in a statement shared on Twitter, “I feel bad for Malik as he was off to a strong start to his senior season. If there is a silver lining to be found, the medical staff is optimistic that the injury was discovered before it progressed into something more serious. While we absolutely won’t rush him back, the early diagnosis should hopefully result in a shorter absence.”

Izzo will need to dip into an already thin bench and use more players in an expanded role like Carson Cooper, Tre Holloman, Jaxon Kohler, and potentially some walk-ons like Jason Whitens and Keon Coleman from the MSU football team who has shown he is more than capable of holding his own on the hardwood.

Hall is averaging 12 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes per game this season while Akins is averaging 7.0 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes per game.

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