Michigan State coach Tom Izzo discusses loss to Michigan, upcoming rematch
Michigan State fell to in-state rival Michigan 69-50 on Thursday night, locking up the Big Ten title for the Wolverines.
Aaron Henry was the only Spartan to score in double figures, producing 14 points. No other Michigan State starter managed more than six points.
“I’m very disappointed in the way we played,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told reporters after the game.
Guard Joshua Langford struggled, shooting just 2-of-10 from the field.
“Josh is OK. He’s OK,” Izzo said. “They did a good job on him. It was a little bit of rough going, but we didn’t run the stuff that we wanted to run. That wasn’t all Josh’s fault. We’ll get Josh back on normal … He’s not dying or anything, legs aren’t gone. Legs weren’t gone. He missed a couple good shots. Lot of people miss good shots. I got no problem tonight with Josh or Aaron.”
The two programs will now prepare for a rematch in their regular-season finale on Sunday — a game that’s crucial to Michigan State’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m interested in getting another shot at them,” Izzo said. “They played well. Beat us fair and square. I thought it was strange. It was a strange game. Lot of weird calls, lot of hook and holds. Until I see the film I don’t know what’s right or wrong. There was some changing plays we didn’t make that I thought made a difference. Give them credit. They played well.”
As for the Wolverines, they’re in a tight race to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Conference rivals Ohio State and Illinois are also in the hunt, along with undefeated Gonzaga and Baylor.
Tip off for the rematch is at 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.