Michigan State's basketball team received some difficult news Thursday afternoon when it was announced that Branden Dawson broke a bone in his right hand and will be out 4-to-5 weeks. Dawson, who met with the media briefly Thursday, said it happened this morning when he "slammed" his hand on a table "out of frustration" while watching film. The announcement comes two days before the No. 3 Spartans (18-1, 7-0) host No. 21 Michigan at 7 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing. "This morning I was meeting with a couple teammates and the coaches and they showed me a few clips on how I've been playing and what I can do to play even better," Dawson said. "I kind of got frustrated with myself because I know I can definitely give more to this team and provide more for this team. "We were also watching some TV clippings from videos from the Indiana game of Dan Dakich saying that the key to our winning the national championship is going to come up to me and my intensity. I kind of got frustrated with how I've been playing and how I know I can play. I kind of got frustrated and I slammed my hand against the table out of frustration." According to MSU spokesperson Matt Larson, the broken bone is Dawson's fifth metacarpal. Dawson is scheduled to have surgery at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Dawson has played in 18 games this season, starting 14 of them. He is Michigan State's leading rebounder, averaging 8.7 boards per game. He averages 10.2 points per game, fourth-highest on the team. A somber Dawson said that he wasn't sure how bad it was at first until teammates alerted him that it may be broken. "I love this game and I really don't want the attention on me," Dawson said. "Because we've been dealing with injuries and adversity with Adreian Payne being out and other guys being out, we still had success. "So I just want you guys to focus on the team and not write about me because I'll be fine."
Michigan State's Branden Dawson breaks bone in hand, out 4-to-5 weeks
Michigan Live | Jan 24