As big as sophomore forward Mitch McGary is, his absence is even bigger for the Wolverines.
And Friday, Michigan found out that absence is indefinite.
John Beilein, and the Wolverines, announced Friday that McGary has elected to have surgery to fix a nagging back injury that has given the All-American problems since August.
McGary tried to power through the injury through rehab, but after consulting his doctors, they determined surgery was the best option for the sophomore.
"My back problems have been a daily challenge ever since late August," said McGary.
"We have worked hard rehabbing the injury and I thought that everything was proceeding in the right direction until the last two weeks. I have consulted with my family, my coaches and our doctors and decided the best option now is to have surgery. This was a difficult decision to make because I want to be out there with my teammates. At the same time, I need to be healthy to give everything I can on the court and help my team."
The Wovlerines this season are 7-4, McGary has averaged 9.5 points-per-game and 8.3 rebounds-per-game in eight games this season.