ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan basketball team is set to travel to Purdue Thursday night to play the Boilermakers and the Wolverines could still be without a major piece of their puzzle.
Announced shortly before the Penn State game started, senior guard Caris LeVert has been listed as day-to-day and did not play against the Nittany Lions. Whether he will play against the Boilermakers will largely depend on how he feels in practice according to U-M head coach John Beilein.
"Caris will be out there trying to practice today," Beilein said. "We'll see how he does. If he is not able to do it without pain, he won't be out there. If he plays without pain, he'll be in there."
Has an attempt been made to practice? In a way, yes, says Beilein. Whether a player is going through rehab or just practicing, everyone has been there, including LeVert. He's been participating but it appears in only a rehab-like fashion.
"He's been trying to do different things," Beilein said. "It's part of rehab, everybody is at practice every day and they do different things throughout rehab. Whether's he in rehab or is trying to practice."
College coaches are usually strategic when it comes to injuries because they don't want to give too much away and create an unfair advantage for their team. Beilein recognizes the need for information, especially when it's about the best player on the team, and status on LeVert.
At the end of the day, he has to do what's best for the team.
"I realize you guys want answers to this and I realize there's a lot of things going on," Beilein said. "I just can't give you all types of information. What I've got to do is try for what's best for our team, for Caris and still give you information."