Izzo: Miles Bridges ‘very, very, very doubtful’ for Big Ten opener

According to Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, freshman sensation Miles Bridges is closing in on his return to the court following a high ankle sprain earlier this season against Duke.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, it doesn’t look like Bridges will be available when they open Big Ten play against the 12-1 Minnesota Golden Gophers, who are unbeaten at home.

Per Izzo, the 6-foot-7 guard is “very, very, very doubtful” for the team in its conference opener.

“We’re going to err on the side of safety a little bit more than normal so that it’s not a lingering effect,” Izzo said, via Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.

Prior to suffering the ankle injury, Bridges was averaging 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Michigan State and Minnesota kickoff Big Ten play on Tuesday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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