Down Goes State

By Jeff Lippman - November 05, 2007

Michigan State was picked by and myself to win the Big Ten this season. and myself would like to make an amendment as some new information has come to light.

The Spartans were to be led by their 6-foot-9 center Allyssa DeHaan, but she can't do everything for MSU, and that is why junior forward Aisha Jefferson was going to be so important to the team this season.

Jefferson, however, will not be apart of Michigan State's plans this year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the first half of MSU's exhibition victory against Lake Superior State.

Jefferson averaged over 10 points and five rebounds a game last year and was the team's second leading returning scorer, but new coach Suzy Merchant must find someone else to take her place.

The exact date of surgery has yet to be announced, but it is official, she will miss the entire 2007-08 season and undergo surgery.

The injury was suffered while driving to the basket on a fast break, coincidentally the role that the Spartans hoped Jefferson would help fill. With DeHaan not exactly swift on her feet, Jefferson was going to be the big inside that has quickness to run the floor.

Certainly this news is monstrous for the Spartans. While most publications were still picking Ohio State to win the Big Ten, was backing Michigan State. Now, with the news that Jefferson won't be around for this season, the Buckeyes are looking like the more attractive option.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 05:31 PM on November 05, 2007

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