Michigan State Spartans guard Travis Trice reportedly has a broken nose in addition to a concussion, according to Joe Rexrode. Trice suffered the injuries following a blow to the face during the season-opening loss to UConn. Trice will be out at least another week, according to coach Tom Izzo.
Trice was slated to be the team's backup point guard, but that job now falls on freshman Denzel Valentine. After Trice left the UConn game, Valentine played 24 minutes. On Tuesday against Kansas, Valentine again played 24 minutes. He was not a major factor in the Spartans' 67-64 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks, though he did add four assists, two blocks and a steal.
Valentine is young, and coach Izzo concedes that the freshman has plenty to learn. Still, Izzo told the media, "(Valentine) learns quickly. He has a great disposition about the game, and he understands the things he's got to do."
Sophomore guard Brandan Kearney can also expect more playing time, though he is recovering from an injury to his mouth.