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Michigan State star guard Joshua Langford will miss season-opener against Kentucky

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Michigan State will be without one of its star guards in the team’s season-opener against Kentucky.

This afternoon, MSU head coach Tom Izzo told reporters in a press conference that senior guard Joshua Langford will be out until January – at the earliest – after re-aggravating a previous foot injury.

A co-captain for the Spartans, Langford started in all 35 games during the 2017-18 season, where the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27 minutes per contest. He was third overall on the team in minutes played, fourth in three-point field goals made (44), and second on the team in 3-point percentage (40.4%). He also ranked 13th in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage.

During the 2017-18 season, Langford scored in double figures 19 times, including three games with at least 20 points. He also led MSU in scoring on six separate occasions.

Last season, Langford played in 15 games before suffering the season-ending foot injury. Before then, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 15 points and 3.6 rebounds in non-conference play.

This summer, the Michigan State standout was cleared to return to basketball activities, where he was expected to lead the Spartan backcourt alongside superstar guard Cassius Winston.

This weekend, Michigan State took on Gonzaga in a “secret scrimmage,” where Bulldogs defeated the Spartans 103-87 in the two 20-minute periods. With Langford out, Winston led the way with 20 points and seven assists, followed by sophomore wing Aaron Henry with 13 points (3-3 from three). Freshman guard Rocket Watts finished with 12 points, while junior forward Xavier Tillman added six points and 10 boards.

Needless to say, Langford’s absence will be a significant one for the No. 1-ranked Spartans to start the year, especially when they begin the season against Kentucky on November 5.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for Michigan State star guard Joshua Langford will miss season-opener against Kentucky



  1. BallDontLie
    1:02 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    “Star” seems like a little bit much



    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      2:44 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      “11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27 minutes per contest.”

      Those numbers seem pretty damn strong.



    • nocode96
      3:05 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      If you don’t think he’s a star and ultra important to this year’s team, go peep some MSU fan sites. This would be like us losing Ashton, maybe even a bigger blow than that because we still would have IQ and Maxey.



  2. clarks
    1:17 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    Now here come the excuses



  3. UKfanman01
    1:27 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    Glad it’s just a foot. Figured they may be up to raping girls again. Of course the last time it got brushed under the rug and seemingly everyone has forgotten



    • Bobbum Man
      1:53 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      Little extreme for a guy that just got a simple injury



    • BigBertha
      2:01 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      I mean…you’re not wrong.



  4. Bubba Nasty
    1:34 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    BFF with Jared Vanderbilt.



  5. Youngcat25
    1:42 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    I mean they went to the final four without him last year so they can’t use that as an excuse



    • Bluehender
      2:06 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      That’s a valid point. After we beat them some will want to diminish our victory by pointing out that he didn’t play. Well you just shot that theory down…



    • Carcrook
      2:08 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      Just hope our fans don’t use the excuse of being young. Remember the beat down our guys suffered the 1st game last season. This isn’t going to be a pretty game.



    • ibescootch
      2:20 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      How does that logic even follow? Because we got destroyed by Duke last season in the first game, that will automatically happen again?



    • TonyMontana
      3:26 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      There’s no logic in sports superstitions.



  6. 205cat
    3:33 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    i guarded that boy in an aau game and he s scored 0 points on me.. i think we’d be fine regardless. he played for the alabama challenge at the time and they were hella overrated. they were eybl tho i’ll give em that



    • nocode96
      5:18 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

      Cool story



    • 205cat
      2:28 am October 23, 2019 Permalink

      sick nasty bro, whats your daughter look like?



  7. BBNnCLE
    4:45 pm October 22, 2019 Permalink

    Looks like ole sheep lover was wrong after all



  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    6:25 am October 23, 2019 Permalink

    Michigan State will win either way.