ANN ARBOR, MI — Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Thursday night’s game at Crisler Center against Purdue and said that forward Isaiah Livers (groin) remains day-to-day and no decisions have been made on his status for the contest.
Should Livers miss a third-straight game, Brandon Johns Jr. figures to get the start at the four once again.
Howard’s full session with the media can be viewed below via replay of the live broadcast to our Twitter account.
Juwan Howard speaks before tomorrow’s game against Purdue https://t.co/u022fxy6Hf— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) January 8, 2020
Michigan players were also made available to the media with forwards Adrien Nunez and Franz Wagner and guard Zavier Simpson speaking prior to film study and practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Nunez began the season in the starting lineup, but was sent to the bench once Wagner returned from his early-season wrist injury. He has since seen his playing time tumble a bit, but says that defense will be what gets him back on the court and in a bigger role.
Wagner, who’s brother Moritz made a name for himself in the Michigan State rivalry, gave his thoughts on his first trip to East Lansing, which was a new environment for him to be in with everyone in the stands cheering against him and hating his team.
Wagner also addressed the shot selection of his teammates and hopes that if they get good chances that they will continue to take them. He also spoke about Howard’s open door policy.
Simpson was asked about his approach in taking on a bigger role offensively this year in a senior season that is already basically half over. He is not thinking too much about that, but did say that he is taking on more of a load for this team and will continue to do so.
Michigan’s showdown with Purdue is set for 7 p.m. ET from Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Thursday night and will be broadcast via Fox Sports 1. You can read our game preview for the contest here.