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Suspended Indiana men’s basketball players set to return against Michigan State

<p>Senior guard Xavier Johnson drives against the Michigan defense on Jan. 23, 2022, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Johnson was one of five players who did not play against Northwestern on Tuesday.</p>

Senior guard Xavier Johnson drives against the Michigan defense on Jan. 23, 2022, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Johnson was one of five players who did not play against Northwestern on Tuesday.

Indiana men’s basketball head coach Mike Woodson decided to reinstate the five players he suspended for the team’s game against Northwestern, according to a release from IU Athletics on Thursday. 

Senior guard Xavier Johnson, graduate student guard Parker Stewart, sophomore guard Khristian Lander, freshman guard Tamar Bates and senior center Michael Durr will all be available to play when Indiana faces No. 17 Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan. 

“It’s important that all team rules are followed, and a curfew applies to everyone in our program for a reason,” said Woodson. “It will be my decision to determine what role each one will have moving forward.”

Now nearly back to full force, Indiana will look for a bounce-back win after its depleted and fatigued seven-man roster lost its halftime lead against Northwestern and never got it back. 

Related: [Indiana men’s golf senior Mitch Davis named as Big Ten Golfer of the Week]

The Hoosiers are currently 16-7 overall and 7-6 in Big Ten play. Their next three games will be against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll

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