After sitting out the 2011-2012 season, Korie Lucious has made his impact felt for the Iowa State Cyclones. The former Michigan State Spartan has NCAA Tournament experience that could help the Cyclones march even further this March.
As a freshman on Tom Izzo’s Spartans team, Lucious made it all the way to the NCAA Championship. In a loss to North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Championship, Lucious played only 14 minutes. The freshman did go 2-2 on three point shots finishing with six points. More importantly, Lucious gained some experience that could serve his team well this year.
In his sophomore season, Lucious played an even bigger part on a Michigan State team that made it to the Final Four. Lucious went 3-6 from long distance in a Final Four loss to Butler. Lucious had 12 points and four assists in a game he played 38 minutes. Lucious played in over 35 minutes in three games of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Lucious has increased his averages with more playing time at Iowa State, something he didn’t see during the regular season at Michigan State. As a senior at Iowa State, Lucious averaged 30.9 minutes. Lucious ranks fifth on the team with 9.8 points per game. Lucious ranks first on the team in assists with an amazing 5.6 per contest. Lucious also shoots an average of 5.3 three point shots per game, with a 35% success rate.
The Iowa State Cyclones will need some magic to continue their March Madness run. With several years of NCAA experience under Tom Izzo, Korie Lucious could power Iowa State ahead.