Chris Allen is game-time decision

BY foxsports • March 21, 2010

Michigan State's leading scorer Kalin Lucas and starting guard Chris Allen were both struggling with injuries as the Spartans prepared to play Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Allen injured his arch against New Mexico State on Friday, and may not be able to play against the Terrapins.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Allen, the team's top 3-point threat, did not practice Saturday, and the decision if he will play may wait until game time.

Izzo said an arch injury limits a player's ability to run and jump.

``It's a real difficult injury to tape,'' Izzo said. ``Hopefully we'll get him.''

Lucas injured his knee against New Mexico State, although he was able to return to that game and finished with 25 points.

He limped into the team news conference on Saturday, but insisted his ankle was fine.

``It feels great,'' Lucas said. ``It's 100 percent.''

``He is 100 percent in his mind because of what is at stake,'' Izzo said. ``I wouldn't say he is 100 percent.''

Izzo was going to give Lucas the day off, but the junior insisted on practicing.

Maryland coach Gary Williams said the news does not change his preparations.

``There's been too many times when guys supposedly have been hurt and all of a sudden they get 20 against you,'' Williams said. ``We're just preparing for those guys being 100 percent and playing.''


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