For all the controversy surrounding the Michigan basketball team this week, there is still a game to be played — against its biggest rival, no less.The Wolverines are probably happy to be returning to the hardcourt after a week in which junior guard Daniel Horton was arraigned for a domestic violence charge. Coach Tommy Amaker’s suspension of Horton for at least tonight’s game against the Spartans at the Breslin Center will not be easy to overcome for a struggling Michigan team that has lost two straight.“We are recognizing that we have been a team that has been in flux, and this is another issue that is on the forefront that is going to require another one of our players to be out,” Amaker said. “We are always hoping to have a full lineup and a full team, and we haven’t been able to have that for a variety of reasons, and this is another reason. It doesn’t help.”The Wolverines (3-2 Big Ten, 12-7 overall) will look to sophomore guard Dion Harris to carry the team, just as he did earlier in the season when Horton was out with a knee injury. Michigan State (4-1, 12-3) features a dynamic trio of guards in Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager, with Ager leading all Spartans in scoring with 13.7 points per game. All three are also major threats from behind the arc — the triumvirate shoots a combined 40 percent from 3-point range.“I think this might be the most difficult game for me, going into it without Horton,” Harris said. “They have athletes on the perimeter, and I know they’ll be guarding like they always do.”Michigan will have its hands full in the frontcourt as well. Forward Alan Anderson and center Paul Davis are averaging over 12 points per game and have a considerable size advantage over their Michigan counterparts. But according to the Associated Press, Davis is questionable because of a sprained ankle he sustained on Saturday in the Spartans’ 69-55 win over Minnesota.“He is a tough person to play against,” sophomore Courtney Sims said about Davis. “He is athletic, and he has good post moves. He is a marked man, and he has to deal with that every night. I know that must be tough because I am getting a lot more concentration from other teams. So I know that is tough on him also.”On top of the imposing matchups, the Wolverines will be heading into the unfriendly confines of the Breslin Center, where they haven’t won since Jan. 13, 1996. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told the Associated Press that he was going to ask the Izzone — the Michigan State student section — to refrain from making comments about Horton’s suspension. But that may not happen and Michigan will have to be prepared to receive considerable jeering from the green and white faithful.“It is one of the toughest places to play in the Big Ten, by far,” sophomore forward Brent Petway said. “They have a nice little student section going on over there. They’re loud, and they try to get in your head a lot. I like places like that. I play to the crowd, so I think I’m going have a lot of fun in there (tonight).”

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