Harris rehabbing ankle injury

Standout sophomore expected to play Wednesday, but isn't back in practice yet.

Michigan State went without Gary Harris in its win Friday against Mount St. Mary's and the sophomore still has yet to return to practice.

"I haven't let him do a thing," coach Tom Izzo said Monday. "He's rehabbing and that's all he's doing. Today he may practice."

Harris did practice Monday, but in a limited capacity.

"I've gotten a lot better over these days off," Harris said. "Coaches have helped me out and just giving me time to rest and rehab. I'm getting better each and every day."

Harris has been resting an injured ankle, but Izzo said he could have played Friday and expects him to play Wednesday against North Carolina.

"I'm 99 percent sure he will," Izzo said. "I'm trying to get that thing healed so he has the freedom to play like he wants to play."

Harris was much more adamant on his status.

"I'm playing," he said. "I'm definitely gonna play against North Carolina."

Izzo said Harris has been telling him the ankle is getting better, but the coach remains focused on getting him back healthy for the long haul.

"He's probably at an 80 percent level," Izzo said, "but we need him at a 100 percent level and I'm afraid if I don't get it taken care of now, I don't want it lingering for him for a month. That's why I've kind of made the decisions I've made on that."

The Spartans face North Carolina at 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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