CHICAGO — One of the pressing questions entering Michigan’s Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal matchup with Iowa was the availability of senior wing Charles Matthews. Big Ten Network’s Mike Hall reported on Twitter that John Beilein revealed that Matthews practiced the last several days and will make his return against Iowa in his hometown of Chicago.
Hall went on to say that whether Matthews starts or not will be a game-time decision. Matthews has not played since injuring his ankle against Michigan State on February 24. Matthews played hurt in that game but was in a walking boot on Senior Night against Nebraska. The Wolverine captain has missed the last three games: Nebraska, Maryland and Michigan State. Sophomore Isaiah Livers has started all three games in place of Matthews, and will likely start again if Matthews is not ready to take on that role as he works his way back on the court. Livers
Matthews return will be a boost for the Wolverines, who spent portions of the regular season finale against Michigan State with Matthews out injured and Livers and freshman Ignas Brazdeikis sitting due to foul trouble. How Michigan deploys him will be a decision that Beilein and his staff will have to figure out as Michigan takes on No. 6 Iowa with a berth in the semifinals against Minnesota on the line.
John Beilein just told me that Charles Matthews practiced the last couple of days, he will play tonight. Whether or not he starts is a game time decision based off how he feels in warmups.
— Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall) March 16, 2019