MSU's Izzo tells Lucas to take a seat

December 30, 2009

Unhappy with the leadership on his team, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo benched junior guard Kalin Lucas at Tuesday's practice.

Izzo told Lucas, the 2008-09 Big Ten Player of the Year, he should spend the time thinking about his leadership role for the No. 11 Spartans.

Lucas, averaging 15.7 points for the 9-3 Spartans, is not suspended. But his status for Wednesday's game against Texas-Arlington - and beyond - is uncertain.

Izzo said his concerns with Lucas do not involve academics or legal issues.

• Kentucky freshman John Wall broke Travis Ford's school record for assists in a game when he handed out 16 in the Wildcats' 104-61 victory over Hartford.

Wall eclipsed the mark with about 4 minutes to play when he fed teammate Perry Stevenson, who hit a jumper from the top of the key as the crowd at Rupp Arena roared.

• Indiana's Maurice Creek, the nation's top freshman scorer at 17.6 ppg, was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday on his fractured left knee that likely will end his season. Creek suffered the injury Monday against Bryant.

•Suspended Iowa guard Anthony Tucker has pleaded guilty to public intoxication.

Tucker's guilty plea Monday was the second he has entered in connection with an alcohol-related offense. He owes $195 in fines and fees.

Tucker, a sophomore, was arrested by Iowa City police last week after a dispute with a cabdriver.

• Illinois junior guard Alex Legion, a highly touted transfer from Kentucky last season, has left the program. Legion, who is from Detroit, scored 107 points in 33 games for the Illini.

AP

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