Michigan State made the Final Four this past year even though they didn’t have their top player, guard Kalin Lucas. He is coming back next season and Michigan State will be a contender again in college basketball odds at Internet gambling companies.
Online gambling odds could be lower on Michigan State next season but it should be noted the Spartans didn’t cover that often last year until the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State was overvalued a lot last season but after they lost Lucas they were undervalued and covered the online gambling point spread. Getting Lucas back next season is huge for Michigan State as he is one of the best players in the Big 10. The Spartans will also be getting back Durrell Summers and that is more good news for Michigan State. "I've got dreams of playing in the NBA, but I would rather win a national championship and graduate first," Summers said, “I want to accomplish all those dreams instead of just one."
Summers averaged almost 19 points per game in the NCAA Tournament as Michigan State made the Final Four and impacted odds at Internet gambling companies. "Durrell could've left for sure," Lucas said. "But we both talked about coming back to win a national championship and to graduate." Lucas is the bigger name but both players are important for Michigan State. "I think my guys were good enough to go and could've put their names in like everybody else," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said, "Even though I offered to do some checking for them, they had their mind made up to come back. I think it's neat that they made educated, mature decisions."
Many underclassmen have entered the NBA Draft but Lucas is not one of them. "It's crazy," Lucas said. "With some of the guys, I've thought, 'Why are they putting their name in the draft?' But I wasn't tempted to do that." This is not the first time that Michigan State has benefited from players staying at school. Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson returned for the 1999-2000 online gambling season and Michigan State won the title. "We want to follow the same path Mateen and Morris did," Summers said.
Last year Michigan State started the season ranked second in the country and they could be just as highly ranked in online gambling for the 2010-11 season. They have a great recruiting class and only lose Raymar Morgan. "We have a great team, but we have to stay hungry," Lucas said.