The Michigan Wolverines are without one of their best defensive players on Saturday. The men’s basketball program announced before the contest at Minnesota that senior guard Eli Brooks will miss the game and is considered day-to-day with a foot injury suffered in practice this week. Chaundee Brown will replace him in the starting lineup for the road tilt against the Gophers.
GAME DAY UPDATE— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) January 16, 2021
The Wolverines will be without the services of the "Professor" Eli Brooks for this afternoon's game at Minnesota after he strained his (right) foot in practice; he is day-to-day ...
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Mike Smith, Franz Wagner, Isaiah Livers, and Hunter Dickinson will fill out the rest of the starting lineup for Saturday’s game.
Brooks has been otherworldly as a defender this season for Michigan and his absence comes in an inopportune time. Saturday will see the Wolverines take on one of the best guards in the Big Ten in Marcus Carr, who is averaging just under 21 points per game this season.
The Wolverines routed Minnesota just over a week ago at home by a score of 82-57. Carr was held to 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting in that game. Brown is another one of Michigan’s best defenders, but depth takes a hit as long as Brooks is out. Freshman Zeb Jackson seems likely to get some increased run on Saturday afternoon.