Michigan made it through the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, defeating Texas Southern and LSU to advance to the Sweet 16. The Wolverines did it without the help of second-leading scorer Isaiah Livers, who has been sidelined with injury since the B1G Tournament.

Following Michigan’s 86-78 win over LSU on Monday night, Howard was asked about the status of Livers moving forward. With the team moving on to the next week, is there a chance the senior could return to the lineup for next Sunday’s showdown against Florida State?

“Out indefinitely,” Howard confirmed to reporters after the game. The head coach was not willing to rule him out of the game, but it doesn’t sound like there’s much confidence Livers will be able to play in the Sweet 16, either.


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Livers averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Wolverines  in 23 games this season. He was a threat from behind the 3-point line and provided Michigan with a great inside-outside attack on the offensive end.

Michigan has been able to advance to the Sweet 16 without him on the floor, but with competition getting better the rest of the way, his absence could be more critical than in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday’s game between Michigan and Florida State is set for 5 p.m. from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with coverage on CBS.