Report: Michigan without starting guard for March Madness game vs. Colorado State
Michigan will be without starting guard DeVante’ Jones for Thursday’s game against Colorado State, according to a report from John Niyo of The Detroit News.
Per the report, Jones will miss Thursday’s game, as No. 11 seed Michigan takes on No. 6 seed Colorado State in the Round of 64. He is currently in concussion protocol. The Wolverines are hopeful for a return for Saturday’s game, should it defeat the Rams Thursday.
Tip-off is set for 12:15 p.m. ET from Indianapolis. The game will air on CBS.
Jones is the team’s leading assist man this year, averaging 4.6 per contest. He also ranks third on the team in scoring at 10.7 points per contest. Hunter Dickinson is scoring 18.3 and Eli Brooks is at 12.3 per game.
For the second year in a row, Michigan heads into NCAA tourney with a significant injury. Last year it was Isaiah Livers' broken foot. This year it's PG DeVante' Jones, who is in concussion protocol. Team hopes to have him back for Saturday if U-M can beat Colorado State tomorrow
— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo) March 16, 2022
Jones has played extraordinarily well for Michigan over the last month of the season. He’s scored in double figures in 7 of the last 8 games. He scored a season-high 25 points and dished out 10 assists in a loss to Illinois at the end of February.
This marks the second straight year Michigan has dealt with an injury in March Madness. Last year, the Wolverines were without Isaiah Livers, who suffered a broken foot and was unable to play in the tournament.
Michigan still made a run to the Elite 8 without Livers in the lineup.
Michigan enters the NCAA Tournament with a 17-14 record overall and an 11-9 mark in B1G play. The Wolverines are looking to respond after suffering a 74-69 loss to Indiana in the second round of the B1G Tournament.