Michigan coach John Beilein says junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. wasn't able to practice Sunday, updates status for SMU.

Michigan coach John Beilein says junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. wasn't able to practice Sunday, updates status for SMU.

If Michigan is hoping to pick up another quality road win in the non-conference, the Wolverines might have to do it without junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr.

Still dealing with an ankle injury, a "lateral" sprain as Coach John Beilein termed it Monday, Walton Jr.'s status for Tuesday's match-up at SMU remains very much up in the air.

"He tried a little bit yesterday, he wasn't able to go," Beilein said. "He'll try a little bit more today."

Dealing with and even playing through injury isn't new to Walton Jr. after spending most of his sophomore season in treatment, in and out of the lineup with a toe issue.

Having dealt with an injury that simply didn't go away a season ago, Beilein believes that approach will be much different this time around with the ankle problem.

"You've got to look at this the whole thing and learn," Beilein said. "He tried probably too much last year in hind sight, we would've loved to have given him more time last year and maybe we could've prevented that.

"But he felt like he could play and he's trying so we'll make sure he's ready to play. If he does try to play and can't do it then we've got to take him out."

If Walton Jr. is unable to go much of the onus falls on the shoulders of sophomore Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman.

Abdur-Rahkman scored six-points and committed zero turnovers in the Wolverines Saturday afternoon win at home over Houston Baptist.

Now getting set to face No. 19 SMU, a team with road wins at Stanford and at TCU, Abdur-Rahkman will have his hands full defensively going up against senior Nic Moore.

"They have most of their players back from last year and that's going to be a challenge for us," Beilein said. "Moore is back and he was player of the year in the conference. 

"An outstanding point guard and the difference in the last few point guards we have played is they have not been shooting point guards. He came out here last year and hit three threes in a row and all of the sudden they got out on us."


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