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As Seton Hall gears up for a marquee matchup with Michigan State, lead guard Myles Powell’s status for the game is still in question.

On the eve of one of the biggest games in Seton Hall history, the status of Myles Powell is still uncertain. The Big East Preseason Player of the Year suffered an ankle sprain in a win over Stony Brook, but there is some hope that he could return for Thursday’s game against Michigan State.

According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, head coach Kevin Willard says Powell will be a “game-time decision” against the Spartans.

Pirates fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about Powell despite the magnitude of Thursday’s game. It’s a huge game for the program, but the Pirates have bigger goals in mind than simply beating Michigan State in November.

Powell was only in the Stony Brook game for four minutes before injuring his ankle and heading to the locker room. However, in Seton Hall’s first game against Wagner College, Powell looked like a preseason All-American.

Powell put up 27 points on 9-for-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Of course, Wagner is far from the toughest competition the Pirates will face this season. Nevertheless, Powell was locked and loaded.

It will be a tall order for Seton Hall to take down No. 3 Michigan State if Powell isn’t available. Head coach Tom Izzo is bringing one of his deepest and most talented squads to Newark. Cassius Winston, much like Powell, is a lead guard who cracked the AP’s preseason All-American list.

The two sides will meet, with or without Powell, on Thursday night at the Prudential Center (8:30 p.m. ET).

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.