You’d think that things couldn’t get more difficult for the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team. They’ve suffered losses to 5 of the 8 ranked teams they’ve faced this season. They’ve dropped out of the Top 25 after starting at #2. And now they lose their assists leader, Korie Lucious, dismissed by head coach Tom Izzo late Tuesday night for displaying “conduct detrimental to the program”, according to a release from the university. Today, Latonia Guider, Lucious’ mother, released a statement saying she believed her son would transfer.
There’s no reason to be upset with this news. In fact, Lucious should be encouraged to transfer for two reasons: the transfer helps both Michigan State and Korie Lucious. The Spartans do lose a productive member of their team, but also lose his personal issues and distractions. Korie gets go to another school with perhaps less restrictions on his off-the-court life. He’ll have to sit out a year, but will still have the opportunity to succeed before trying out the professional ranks. Spartan fans should thank him for his service, wish him well in his future endeavors, and focus on what’s most troubling: five games against ranked opponents (all in-conference) in the month of February. Maybe things can get more difficult for Sparty.