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Isaiah Livers’ status still in the air for Michigan State; Jon Teske not expecting him to play

It does not sound promising for Sunday’s rivalry tilt in East Lansing.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard spoke to the media on Friday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s game against Michigan State and put on his best poker face when asked about forward Isaiah Livers.

When asked if his junior forward would play this weekend after injuring his groin on Dec. 21, Howard would only say that Livers has been at practice this week and has been “active,” but would not divulge whether or not that meant he was suiting up or if he was just present and being vocal.

“He’s at practice,” Howard said. “He’s very active in practice, being the leader and being that vocal guy that’s doing whatever he can to help the team prepare and win.”

However, center Jon Teske told the media that Livers has not been really practicing and that they are not expecting him to suit up for Sunday’s showdown with the Spartans.

Michigan considers Livers day-to-day as he works his way back from the groin injury that was suffered against Presbyterian College. In their last game on Dec. 29 against UMass Lowell, Brandon Johns Jr. got the start at the four spot in Livers’ absence.

Sunday’s game in East Lansing tips off at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally via CBS. Should Livers not play, the next time that his team will suit up will be Thursday, Jan. 9 against Purdue at home.

This story is developing.