Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kore Lucious Booted From Michigan State

Pretty surprising news out of Michigan State as Korie Lucious has been kicked off the team for the season for off-the-court behavior. This is a big problem that will become an even bigger problem if something happens to Kalin Lucas. Lucious was huge last season after Lucas went down with an injury, including some outstanding Tournament performances.

With Lucious gone, Lucas is now the only point guard left on the roster. Keith Appling, a true freshman, has shown some promise, but he doesn't really have the ability to play the point too well at this point in his career. His assist/TO ratio is worse than 1-to-1. So Tom Izzo is going to have to give Lucas very heavy playing time while hoping that he doesn't get bitten by the injury bug again.

I don't think this changes Michigan State's standing too much. They weren't going to win the Big Ten anyway. And I doubt they'll fall all the way to the bubble. Most likely they're now looking at something in the 6-9 seed range in the NCAA Tournament. But considering where Michigan State started this season (#2 in the polls) it will be quite the disappointment.

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