With Dawson and possibly Payne out Saturday, Harris and fellow guard Keith Appling will be on the spot. The game may come down to how effective Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III can be for Michigan against Michigan State’s defense on the perimeter.
The most likely candidate to start in Dawson’s place is forward Kenny Kaminski. A redshirt freshman, Kaminski has appeared in 12 games this season and made 17 of 31 attempts from 3-point range.
Amid all the adversity they’ve faced, the Spartans still have only one loss - at home against North Carolina. Beilein can certainly appreciate Michigan State’s resiliency.
“I think usually you can respond,” Beilein said. “They’re used to playing without Payne right now. As good as he is, as great a player, they’re used to it.”
Both Michigan and Michigan State have proven they can play well while short-handed - and each team should have more than enough adrenaline to put forth an inspired performance this weekend.
“Hopefully (we’re) at 100 percent, 212 degrees, every game, no matter who the opponent is,” Beilein said. “Is it easier to get up for this game? Absolutely.”