Michigan State guard Raymar Morgan will continue to wear a mask Saturday night to protect his broken nose, an injury he suffered in the Spartans’ round-of-16 game against Kansas, but not the same one he donned in the Midwest Region final against Louisville.
Morgan, who was struck by the elbow of teammate Delvon Roe in the second half of the victory over the Jayhawks, now has a custom-made clear mask that he reports is a significant upgrade.
“I’ve been practicing with it since Tuesday,” Morgan said. “It feels great. I can see a lot better. The angles of my vision are there. It’s a great fit for me. My nose still looks a little crooked on one side. No effect with the ladies. As far as breathing, I’m doing just fine. I wouldn’t wear it if I didn’t have to, but it’s fine for the time being.”
Spartans Coach Tom Izzo is hoping for a little good karma in city where masked players have had some success with the NBA’s Pistons.
“You know, the mask he had up there was a hockey goalie mask, a make-shift,” Izzo said. “Now he’s got a real one, a form-fitted Rip Hamilton mask, so hopefully he’ll play like Rip.”
April 2, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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