Michigan State's latest injury could give big shot for top recruit Miles Bridges

Michigan State, a team we ranked No. 8 in college basketball earlier this preseason, has taken on another injury in its frontcourt.

It's enough to recalibrate expectations on the Spartans -- for the start of the season at the very least. The program announced Wednesday night that senior power forward Gavin Schilling "suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee Friday in practice."

This comes a couple of weeks removed from MSU losing Ben Carter, another big piece to its front line. The timetables for both players' injuries and rehabs are not known. Schilling is going to require surgery, though, and so he's going to be out for a good while, almost certainly.

"This is certainly an unfortunate setback for Gavin, as he had been practicing very well," MSU coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "He had an incredible summer and was in excellent shape as he was ready to make his senior season his best one yet."

Schilling averaged 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds last season but was expected to have a big jump in production in his final year in an MSU uniform. The Spartans will now rely on freshman Miles Bridges in addition to Nick Ward, another freshman with potential but who wasn't expected to step in and have such a heavy role this season. With Carter and Schilling unavailable for the first month of the season, at the very least, that all changes now.

Gavin Schilling is an important presence on MSU's front line. USATSI
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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning senior writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his eighth season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics,... Full Bio

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