Rutgers star freshman Corey Sanders returned to practice this week, and he is back tonight for the struggling Scarlet Knights against No. 2 Michigan State. No more fun on Twitter or street clothes on the bench, Sanders resumes his role as Eddie Jordan's keystone after his two-week suspension for a violation of team rules.
Rutgers (6-23, 0-16) was not competitive without Sanders in a four-game stretch and remains without a conference win with two left before the Big Ten tournament. Sanders leads Big Ten freshmen with 16.2 points per game, with two Player of the Week nods this season.
Red-shirt freshman center Ibrahima Diallo makes his 2016 home debut for Rutgers after Jordan previously ruled him out for the season with a fractured foot. With Sanders and Diallo back, Rutgers has nine scholarship players available for the first time since a 34-point loss at George Washington.
The Scarlet Knights lost in similar fashion at Michigan State in January in a 96-62 final. Guards Sanders and Mike Williams combined for 35 points on 15-for-30 shooting while the Spartans' Denzel Valentine scored 20 with six assists and seven rebounds.