Spartans' Adreian Payne likely out

Updated: January 20, 2014, 5:06 PM ET
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- No. 3 Michigan State could be without forward Adreian Payne for another two weeks because of a sprained right foot, coach Tom Izzo said Monday.

"There's some of me that doesn't see him playing for two weeks," Izzo said. "If it gets into that next week, I mean, a win against Georgetown is as important as a lot of wins, but it's not as important as a Big Ten win."

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Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesAdreian Payne, who is averaging 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, likely will miss a fourth consecutive game for Michigan State.

Payne, who is averaging 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Spartans, is expected to be out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive game Tuesday against Indiana.

After that, Izzo said the standout senior is "a question mark" for Saturday's home game against No. 21 Michigan and a game against Georgetown on Feb. 1 in New York.

Payne isn't the only key player who has been out or limited because of injuries this season for the Spartans.

Leading scorer Gary Harris has been slowed by a sprained right ankle. Travis Trice, usually a top reserve, missed a game because he was sick. Starting center Matt Costello had to sit out of four games because of mononucleosis.

Despite the slew of health-related setbacks, the Spartans have won 10 in a row since losing to North Carolina.

"I'm proud of my team for it," Izzo said. "I think we've battled through things. It's been a fist-fight effort. It's been hard on everybody."

Just three players -- Keith Appling, Denzel Valentine and Gavin Schilling -- have played all 18 games.

If the banged-up team can get and stay healthy, Izzo likes its chances to cut down the nets April 7 in Texas.

"I made no bones about it at the beginning of the year that this is one of those teams that I think has a legitimate shot," Izzo said. "And, I think that we've proven that we do. We could lose three games in a row and still prove that we do."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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