MSU freshman Langford to replace McQuaid against Tennessee Tech

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Matt McQuaid

East Lansing – Michigan State will play without guard Matt McQuaid on Saturday when it hosts Tennessee Tech at the Breslin Center.

The sophomore guard took a shot to the head in practice on Thursday and will be held out, but coach Tom Izzo said he believes McQuaid will be ready to return to practice on Monday.

McQuaid is averaging 7.3 points a game and has started eight of Michigan State’s 10 games. Izzo said freshman Joshua Langford would start in place of McQuaid and added that minutes should increase for senior Alvin Ellis as well as time with point guards Cassius Winston and Tum Tum Nairn.

“The pattern of the substitutions will change a little bit,” Izzo said. “Alvin Ellis is one guy who we’ll have in there and we’ll probably play Cassius and Tum together some.”

Michigan State is now playing without four players who would be seeing significant minutes. Including McQuaid, freshman Miles Bridges will miss his third game because of an ankle injury while forwards Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter have missed the entire season with knee injuries.