ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan center Hunter Dickinsonwho missed Sunday’s win over Ohio State with a stomach ailment, returned to practice on Wednesday, Juwan Howard said. The team continues to monitor his status ahead of Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament game against Indiana.
“Today was his first practice and we’re going to monitor it,” Howard said Wednesday afternoon. “Unfortunately he missed some practices and was not feeling well, and it’s sad to see for a young man who wanted to play in the Ohio State game. Your health is everything. “
Howard said no one else on the team has been affected by the illness, which roommate Terrance Williams II referred to on Sunday as a case of food poisoning.
“Thank God it’s just Hunter right now,” Howard said, while he pantomimed prayer hands. “Knock on wood.”
Dickinson fell sick early Sunday morning prior to the Wolverines’ game in Columbus.
“He’s my roommate and around 3 am he started to throw up, and it was constant throughout the night,” Williams II said. “He’s like, ‘T-Will, I got food poisoning.’ I said, ‘All right.’ So that’s when I knew, when he’s like, ‘I’ll probably be out today,’ because he was dealing with that. “
The rest of the team learned about Dickinson’s health at 8:45 am Sunday, when the team met for their pregame film session.
“I went to mass this morning at 7:30, came out of mass and there was text on my phone that he had been up all night, he had not fallen asleep till about 6 o’clock and that we would see,” then -acting coach Phil Martelli said.
Once Michigan got to Value City Arena, they learned Dickinson “wasn’t strong enough to even dress,” Martelli said.
In Dickinson’s stead, Brandon Johns Jr. earned the start at the ‘4,’ but Williams II was the big surprise from the afternoon. He came off the bench to score 17 points, including a 3-for-4 performance from beyond the arc that kept Michigan close in the first half.
Williams II also knocked down late free throws to seal the road upset, one that likely puts Michigan on the right side of the bubble heading into the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.
Moussa Diabate started at center for Michigan against Ohio State and scored 14 points on a 7-for-11 afternoon from the field. He also grabbed seven rebounds, had a big block late and delivered the dagger with an emphatic dunk on a feed from DeVante ‘Jones.
“It was inspiring to watch his teammates go out there and compete in his absence,” Howard said Wednesday. “We’ve always had this mantra around here, that next man up mentality, and they stepped up for Hunter.”
The Wolverines play in the early game Thursday in Indianapolis. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 am, and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.