Spartans' Korie Lucious suspended

Updated: January 27, 2011, 7:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Korie Lucious made one too many mistakes at Michigan State.

The junior guard was suspended for the rest of the season, another blow for the slumping Spartans.

Lucious was suspended by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, not the university, and is NCAA eligible, sources told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

"Man did I really mess up this time...off 2 the gym I go!," Lucious posted on his Twitter account shortly before the school announced his suspension late Tuesday night.

Lucious helped the Spartans reach the Final Four in each of the past two years.

"Unfortunately, Korie Lucious displayed conduct detrimental to the program," Izzo said in a statement issued by the school. "My focus is on this team for the remainder of the season."

The news release stated that the school and basketball program would have no further comment.

An East Lansing District Court clerk said Wednesday morning there were no active cases pending against Lucious. A source confirmed to Katz that Lucious was not involved in a legal matter.

The 5-foot-11 Lucious averaged 6.5 points in 18 games this season for Michigan State (No. 25 AP), which started the season ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press poll.

The Spartans (12-7, 4-3 Big Ten) host Michigan on Thursday, hoping to snap a two-game losing streak.

Lucious made a game-winning 3-pointer against Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, helping Michigan State reach the Final Four, and filled in well for injured star Kalin Lucas.

The Spartans are expected to keep Lucas at point guard, move freshman Keith Appling to shooting guard and have seldom-used senior Mike Kebler as a backup point guard.

Lucious, a native of Milwaukee, had trouble off the court.

Lucious pleaded guilty in September to misdemeanor reckless driving, leading to him being suspended for one exhibition game and the Spartans' season-opening victory against Eastern Michigan in November. He was also suspended for a game last season for missing class.

"I didn't live up to the standards of the program," Lucious said in the school's release. "Unfortunately, I let my teammates, my coaches, and myself down, and wish them the best for the rest of the season."

If he were to transfer he would have to sit out for the 2011-12 season and would be eligible for one season in 2012-13. Former Spartan Chris Allen is sitting out this season at Iowa State and will be eligible to play as a senior next year.

Lucious has remained in school and was reached by a reporter for greenandwhite.com while in class Wednesday and said he hasn't decided if he was going to transfer.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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