Branden Dawson out 4-5 weeks

Updated: January 23, 2014, 6:22 PM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN

Michigan State has lost starting forward Branden Dawson for four to five weeks due to a broken bone in his right hand, the school announced Thursday.

Branden Dawson
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastBranden Dawson, right, was averaging 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds this season for the No. 3 Spartans.

Dawson said he suffered the injury when he slammed his hand on a table in frustration while watching a film session Thursday morning.

He is scheduled for surgery Thursday night.

"I'll be fine," Dawson said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I was out with an ACL injury [freshman] year, and I came back from it."

The 6-foot-6 junior is averaging 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds this season for the No. 3 Spartans (18-1, 7-0 Big Ten), who have dealt with a bevy of injuries this season.

Starting big man Adreian Payne has missed the past four games with a foot injury and is doubtful to play in Saturday's first-place matchup against Michigan. Leading scorer Gary Harris missed three games earlier this season due to injury, and backup point guard Travis Trice has also missed two games due to injury.

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