Harris' shoulder injury might have been aggravated during loss to Ohio State
Chicago — One of the biggest developments to monitor coming out of the Spartans (25-8) 61-58 loss to Ohio State (25-7) in the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinals is the status of a recurring shoulder injury for freshman guard Gary Harris.
Harris got hit driving through the lane and appeared to injure his shoulder in the second half and struggled the rest of the way.
Although he did not hit a shot the rest of the game, Harris said the shoulder had nothing to do with it and he was fine overall.
Harris, who has battled shoulder injuries throughout the season, finished with five points on 1-for-7 shooting and Izzo said it was obvious Harris was in pain.
“Well, it was a problem because I needed him in there to defend,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said.
“I asked him, and of course he said he’s okay. … But he’s done it before and stayed in and made a couple shots. But he had that one wide open in the corner. I don’t know where it’s at. I didn’t talk to him much about it after. He’s played with it all year. It’s something he has to deal with. But, tough kid. It’s a shame because he just didn’t get in a rhythm offensively today.”