McGary won't play in opener for No. 7 MichiganFILE - In this April 6, 2013 file photo, Michigan's Mitch McGary dunks the ball against Syracuse during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game, in Atlanta. McGary was selected to The Associated Press' preseason All-America team, released Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan center Mitch McGary will miss Friday night's season opener against UMass-Lowell because of a lingering back problem.
Coach John Beilein didn't offer many details about McGary's condition or progress. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was named to the AP's preseason All-America team, but it's not clear when he'll be able to take the court this season. The seventh-ranked Wolverines will raise a banner Friday before the game to commemorate last season's run to the Final Four.
McGary averaged 7.5 points per game last season as a freshman, but in the NCAA tournament he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds, helping the Wolverines reach the national championship game, which they lost to Louisville.