MSU’s Lucas Definitely Out
Michigan State University officials confirmed that the ankle injury to star guard Kalin Lucas is indeed a tear in his Achilles’ tendon. A 6-2 point guard and former Big Ten Player of the Year, Lucas will delay surgery so he can join his team on the bench for MSU’s Sweet 16 contest with Northern Iowa on Friday night.
Still, Lucas is out, making the Spartans an underdog of sorts in the Midwest Regional.
And MSU head coach Tom Izzo is hoping Lucas isn’t the only casualty.
Fellow guard Chris Allen was limited to just four minutes of action in the 85-83 win over Maryland on Sunday because of an injury to the arch in his right foot and post player Delvon Roe is still moving gingerly on his surgically repaired right knee. Even forward Raymar Morgan played with a broken tooth.
“We’ve got a M*A*S*H unit,” Izzo told The Associated Press. “The bottom of Chris’ foot is purple, Delvon is playing on one leg and Raymar looks like a hockey player with his tooth cut in half. We think we can get Chris back — after showing toughness we’ve never seen from him — and we’ll hold Delvon out of practice to let him rest as much as we can.”
Ironically, Izzo kicked Lucas out of a practice late in the season and suspended Allen during the Big Ten tournament while he publicly questioned the toughness of his team.
This is all noteworthy to Ohio State fans not only because of Michigan State’s Big Ten ties but also because if the Spartans can get by Northern Iowa and Ohio State takes out Tennessee, the two league foes will play for the regional title and the right to advance to the Final Four.
OSU won the only matchup during the regular season, a 74-67 decision in East Lansing.