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Jace Howard sprains ankle, doubtful to play Sunday

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Michigan will likely be without one of its freshmen on Sunday.

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Michigan freshman forward Jace Howard sprained his right ankle at the Wolverines’ Saturday practice and “probably won’t dress” for Sunday’s game against No. 21 Wisconsin, a team spokesperson confirmed to Maize n Brew.

The program does not believe the injury is serious, but Howard traveled to Madison in a walking boot on Saturday, as seen in a social media post from Hunter Dickinson. The 6-foot-7 wing is the son of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard. He’s seen game action in eight of the Wolverines’ 14 contests, averaging 0.9 points on 33 percent shooting over 3.4 minutes across those appearances.

Howard hasn’t seen any meaningful minutes, but his presumed absence is expected to leave Michigan with one less option off the bench on Sunday when the Wolverines return following a two-week COVID-19 pause.

Sunday’s game in Madison is set for 1 p.m. tipoff and will be broadcast nationally via CBS. Michigan won the first meeting between the two teams by a score of 77-54 in January. This will be their first game since a win at Purdue on Jan. 22 due to a COVID-related shutdown of Michigan athletics.