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Michigan State's Kithier to play Kentucky with broken nose

Kithier was injured by an inadvertent elbow at practice. He has been cleared to practice and play in games.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State forward Thomas Kithier has a broken nose that is not expected to keep him out of the season-opening game.

Kithier was injured by an inadvertent elbow at practice. He has been cleared to practice and play in games.

The top-ranked Spartans face No. 2 Kentucky on Tuesday in New York. Kithier is a candidate to start at forward. The 6-foot-8 sophomore averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds while he was used sparingly in 31 games last season.

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