Kalin Lucas, please protect the rock
The major impediment to a long Izzo dance this March is his PG's turnover issues
The Inside the Bracket series takes you deeper inside what specific games mean to likely NCAA tournament teams. Today's example: the Super Tuesday tilt between the Michigan State Spartans and the Wisconsin Badgers.
As soon as the buzzer signaled the end of the 17-point national title game beatdown the North Carolina Tar Heels put on the Spartans last season, it seemed tickets for Indianapolis in 2010 were already being preordered in East Lansing.
MSU would lose only two key cogs in Tom Izzo's well-oiled machine; the presence of veterans Delvon Roe, Durrell Summers and Raymar Morgan raised hopes, particularly when coupled with celebrated PG Kalin Lucas. But while Michigan State is riding high thanks to a 19-3 overall record, Lucas' ascent as one of the nation's top players has been stalled by one shortcoming in particular -- a surge in turnovers. And that same shortcoming could sink Sparty in late March.
If you want to see how turnovers from PG Kalin Lucas could trip up Michigan State in March, as well as the most likely Tourney-worthy squads that could do in the Spartans, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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