Posted on: March 25, 2010 9:47 am
Edited on: March 25, 2010 9:55 am
HOUSTON -- How big are the injuries to Kalin Lucas and Darryl Bryant?
Not very, if you pay attention to gambling lines.
"We currently have Michigan State as a 1-point favorite [over Northern Iowa]," said Sportsbook.com's Dave Staley. "With Lucas they would have been about a 3-point favorite. ... So Lucas is worth about two points."
Meantime, West Virginia was a 5-point favorite over Washington before Bryant broke his foot Tuesday, at which point the line was adjusted to 4.5. The Mountaineers are now 4-point favorites. So if you trust oddsmakers -- and considering they're pretty much the only people who win at betting on sports, you probably should -- then you must conclude that Michigan State will still be solid in Lucas' absence and that Bryant's injury won't greatly affect WVU.
Posted on: March 22, 2010 7:44 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 7:46 pm
An MRI conducted Monday confirmed Michigan State's Kalin Lucas ruptired the Achilles tendon in his left foot during Sunday's win over Maryland. The junior point guard will need at least four months to recover, maybe six.
“We feel terrible for Kalin; he was having a great NCAA Tournament,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. “The good news is there is no doubt he will make a full and complete recovery. He’s a tough kid and he’ll do everything necessary to return to his elite level."
Lucas was averaging 14.8 points and 4.0 assists this season.
Michigan State plays Northern Iowa in the Sweet 16.
Posted on: March 9, 2010 12:33 pm
Michigan State's Chris Allen has been suspended for at least the Big Ten tournament opener because of a violation of team rules, Tom Izzo said Tuesday. It's unclear if the suspension will last more than one game.
"Chris Allen is not going to be playing in the game Friday,” Izzo told reporters, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Somebody’s got to grow up, and it’s taking a little longer for ome to grow up. There’s some guys that don’t understand that your team is the most valuable thing you have. He’s not demonstrating that to me or my staff.”
Allen is averaging 9.1 points per game for the Spartans.
Posted on: February 10, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: February 10, 2010 12:51 am
Michigan State was 9-0 with a three-game lead in the Big Ten just last week.
And that's the stunning part.
Not that the Spartans are tied with Illinois atop the Big Ten standings -- and also tied in the loss column with Purdue and Ohio State -- but that Tom Izzo's team was 9-0 and in total control of the league race just eight days ago. Then Michigan State went to Wisconsin, Kalin Lucas sprained his ankle, and, well, here we are. Now MSU is 9-3 in the Big Ten after Tuesday's 76-64 loss to Purdue, and suddenly the conference championship is more up for grabs than it seemed over the weekend, and it seemed pretty up for grabs over the weekend.
Here are the updated standings:
Everything changes week to week.
Consider: Michigan State has lost three straight since winning 10 straight, Purdue has won six straight since losing three straight, Ohio State has won seven of eight since losing three of four, Illinois has won five straight since losing three straight, and Wisconsin is coming off a rare home loss. Nothing makes sense. What we knew yesterday is now irrelevant, what will happen tomorrow is anybody's guess.
Why do I say that?
Because nobody would've ever guessed this.
Not considering where we were just a week ago.
Posted on: February 9, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2010 1:18 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- Bad weather has made my trip to Michigan State impossible.
So the second game of my three-games-in-three-days trip is off.
I'm stuck in Austin.
Thus, I'll miss tonight's Purdue-Michigan State game, but I'll still be at Duke-North Carolina on Wednesday. The plan is to stay the night here, then fly to UNC early tomorrow. In the meantime, I'll be accepting recommendations on good spots in Austin to watch Purdue-Michigan State, and dreading a 5 a.m. wake-up call that will most certainly be miserable.
Posted on: February 8, 2010 12:28 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said this morning that it remains unclear whether point guard Kalin Lucas will be available for Tuesday's showdown with Purdue.
Lucas sprained his ankle in last week's loss to Wisconsin.
He did not play Saturday night at Illinois.
The Spartans (19-5 overall, 9-2 in the Big Ten) are still in first place in the league standings, but their two-game losing streak has allowed Wisconsin (18-5, 8-3), Ohio State (18-6, 8-3), Illinois (16-8, 8-3) and Purdue (19-3, 7-3) to pull to just one game back in the loss column.
Lucas is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year.
He's averaging 15.6 points and 4.0 assists per game.
Posted on: February 7, 2010 12:03 am
Edited on: February 7, 2010 12:09 am
Ohio State's Evan Turner Tweeted moments after the game went final.
Big Ten title is up for grabs!
Yes it is, Evan.
And how did we get here?
Michigan State was 9-0 in the Big Ten and in possession of a three-game lead in the league standings just five days ago. But the Spartans lost at Wisconsin on Tuesday and at Illinois late Saturday, and now the Big Ten is, like Turner said, up for grabs. There's essentially a four-way tie for second considering Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois and Ohio State all have three league losses, and that three-game lead Michign State owned is now just a one-game lead heading into Tuesday's showdown with Purdue.
And Kalin Lucas still has a bad ankle.
Which is obviously at the root of what's happening.
I won't go so far as to say Michigan State would've won at Wisconsin if not for Lucas' injury because, well, I don't believe that. But I do think it's fair to suggest the Spartans would be at little risk to lose the Big Ten title if not for Lucas' sprained ankle. As it is, there's a real risk, and these next few weeks are going to be wild.
Michigan State is 9-2.
Wisconsin and Illinois are 8-3.
Purdue and Ohio State are 7-3.
"Big Ten title is up for grabs," Tweeted Turner.
Yes it is, Evan.
Now let's see who grabs it.
Posted on: February 3, 2010 5:41 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2010 5:59 pm
X-rays performed Wednesday confirmed that Michigan State point guard Kalin Lucas suffered a sprained ankle in Tuesday night's loss at Wisconsin. His availability for this weekend is unclear.
Michigan State did not practice Wednesday.
The Spartans play at Illinois on Saturday night.