East Lansing – Travis Trice was sore on Friday morning, but there is likely no way a rib injury will keep the Michigan State senior out of Sunday's game against Michigan.
Trice originally hurt his rib during the week, saying it "popped out" while reaching for a pass during a practice. It was an issue again the win over Rutgers on Thursday and he took a shot to the side late in the game.
But he took part in most of Michigan State's practice on Friday and said he would be fine by Sunday.
"I feel good -- ready for Sunday," Trice said. "That's all that matters right now. … You don't have any time to be hurt now."
Trice leads the Spartans in scoring at 14 per game, but he has been inconsistent recently. He said the injury hasn't affected his shot much and added he figures he'll simply have to fight through the pain until the Spartans get a break.
That could come after Sunday's game when Michigan State has five days off before playing at home against Illinois.
"It's just one of those things that I have to fight through, and after the Michigan game we have a week off so I got some time to heal up," he said. "Right now it's fight through it and get through this game."
More important matters
It was a milestone day for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo on Friday, he just didn't care. That's because the coach turned 60, even though he was more worried about his team.
"I'll have my birthday on Monday," he said. "What's a day or two? I don't care. We've got work to do for two days, and that's all I have my mind on right now is getting this team back where it needs to be."
Izzo ignored the day so much, his players weren't even aware it was his birthday.
"Coach is kind of weird when it comes to his birthday," said senior Branden Dawson, who will turn 22 on Sunday. "He didn't even want to tell us it was his birthday, so coach, he just really doesn't care. Coach is all about basketball and winning. That is the main thing. He's 60, so hey."
Michigan at Michigan State
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing.
TV / radio: CBS / WJR 760, WWJ 950.
Records: Michigan 13-8, 6-3 Big Ten; Michigan State 14-7, 5-3 Big Ten.
Series: Michigan leads, 97-77.
Last meeting: Michigan State won 69-55 in the Big Ten tournament championship game on March 16, 2014 at Indianapolis.