Lucas carried off floor

Updated: February 3, 2010, 9:44 AM ET
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Michigan State's Kalin Lucas injured his right ankle in the second half of the fifth-ranked Spartans' 67-49 loss to No. 16 Wisconsin on Tuesday night and had to be helped off the court.

Lucas, last season's Big Ten player of the year, went up for a jump shot with just under 11 minutes to play and landed on the left foot of Wisconsin forward Keaton Nankivil.

"I went to move to shoot the ball, came down on his foot and my ankle just rolled over," Lucas said. "When it first happened, it was hurting a lot, but I still don't know what's wrong with it right now. I think it's just a sprain to the ankle, I'll know tomorrow."

Lucas immediately crumpled to the court, clutching the ankle. After several minutes with the trainer and coach Tom Izzo, Lucas was helped to his feet, but didn't put any weight on the leg as he was carried to the locker room.

Izzo said Lucas' status wouldn't be known until after the Spartans returned home.

"He's limping bad," Izzo said. "It's not a good sprain, but it's not broke or anything like that -- at least it doesn't seem to be. I think the issue is whether he's a fast healer or not. I can't say I know that because he hasn't really been hurt. It's not good, that's for sure."

Lucas, averaging 16 points a game, was 3 of 9 from the field for seven points with two rebounds and two assists, snapping a streak of 33 straight games scoring in double figures.


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