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Juwan Howard addresses status of Isaiah Livers after injury

Howard is unsure of what the current severity of the issue is.

NCAA Basketball: Presbyterian at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines scored a dominant victory over Presbyterian College on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, but the biggest story of the game was the injury that forward Isaiah Livers in the first half.

Described as a muscle strain, Livers hurt himself on a dunk attempt early in the contest and was lurched over at mid-court grabbing his upper thigh/groin area. He would shoot two free throws and be removed from the game for Adrien Nunez. After being evaluated in the locker room, he returned to the bench and was ruled out for the game.

Head coach Juwan Howard was asked to update the injury during his postgame press conference, but said that he had no updates to provide.

“Man, I wish I was a doctor so I could tell you exactly what muscle it was,” Howard said. “I have no idea. I’m just praying that’s not a serious injury and tomorrow hopefully he will feel better, but I trust we have a great medical team that’s going to take good care of him and give us also the proper advice needed to help us find answers.”

As far as his concern level, he did not divulge much there, either.

“I’m always concerned about each and every player,” Howard said. “I’m concerned about Cole (Bajema). I’m concerned about Franz (Wagner) being under the weather. I’m concerned about Brandon (Johns).”

Johns did not play while dealing with an illness, but every Michigan player that was available did see the court during Saturday afternoon’s game.

Michigan is off until Dec. 29 when UMass-Lowell comes to Ann Arbor for a Sunday afternoon tilt before getting into the meat of Big Ten play on Jan. 5 against Michigan State in East Lansing.