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Ann Arbor — If Michigan was having struggling with a lack of experienced players this season, their situation got a little worse on Saturday night.

Before Saturday night's game against Northwestern at Crisler Center, UM announced that junior guard Spike Albrecht will miss the contest because of a respiratory infection.

That'll leave the Wolverines, who have only four returning players from last season's rotation, likely leaning on a freshman to fill the spot, where Albrecht has averaged 27 minutes per game this season.

Albrecht had started the last three games and played in all 17 games for the Wolverines (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) this season. In his career, he's played in all 93 games, with five starts.

With Albrecht out, coach John Beilein could choose to return freshman Kameron Chatman to the starting lineup or have freshman Aubrey Dawkins, who has emerged as a regular rotation player.

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