Suspension provides opportunity tomorrow

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein released a statement just prior to his press conference Wednesday stating sophomore point guard Trey Burke has been suspended for one game. What does it mean for Thursday's exhibition?

Michigan's starting five has been a hot topic for discussion leading up to the start of the 2012-13 campaign. One position never in question was point guard – until now.

Wednesday Michigan Head Coach John Beilein announced sophomore point guard Trey Burke has been suspended for one game, sitting out tomorrow's exhibition opener with Northern Michigan at Crisler Center.

"We have high standards and values for our student-athletes and we expect everyone to meet those expectations," said Beilein in a statement. "Trey will sit out the first game as a result of some ‘out of character' decisions he now regrets. We believe he has learned a valuable lesson and we are confident he will grow from this experience."

Minutes after the statement was released, Beilein took to the podium for the final time prior to his team's first public viewing but shed little light on the details of Burke's suspension.

"That's really all I'd prefer to say about it," added Beilein. "Trey is a good kid who obviously as we talked about, he's going to sit out this game and he'll learn a very valuable experience."

With an unexpected opening at the point guard position, a position few worried about heading into the year, the left over minutes could mean plenty of extra time for the Wolverines to evaluate their talented and deep group of freshmen.

"It gives a great opportunity right now for some of our guys," said Beilein. "There's probably 30 minutes available for others to play and we look forward to seeing those guys play out there."

Beilein announced point guard Spike Albrecht will take the reins Thursday night as Michigan opens up the new look Crisler Center alongside Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan and Glenn Robinson III, who Beilein cited as four of the five players likely to take the floor at tip-off.

While everyone will wait to see who the fifth spot in the starting line-up goes to, the extra minutes at the guard spot will provide surprise freshman Caris LeVert with a tremendous chance to showcase the abilities that have been raved about throughout the summer and in practice.

"He's getting stronger by the moment, he has a nose for the ball, he's very bright," said Beilein. "I'm glad they allow these freshmen to play in exhibition games and with the minutes to be available he's going to play some minutes tomorrow. Not two or three, I hope we can get him 10 or 20."

LeVert appears to be the only freshmen of the group the coaching staff still needs to make a decision on as far as a redshirt is concerned.

Injury notes

Beilein also announced Wednesday that redshirt sophomore center Jon Horford will miss the exhibition with Northern Michigan Thursday due to a lingering knee issue.

Freshman big man Mitch McGary is expected to make his debut for the Wolverines.

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