Tom Izzo is putting No. 6 Michigan State’s upset loss to Indiana on Saturday night on himself. The Spartans’ head coach admitted he didn’t have his team prepared for the game.
Michigan State lost a 79-75 decision to Indiana on Saturday night, the second straight loss for the Spartans. They dropped to 9-2 in the B1G and are 18-4 overall after the defeat. After the game, Izzo took full responsibility for the underwhelming performance.
“I didn’t do a very good job of getting my team ready to play,” Izzo said after the game. “I knew it, the way we practiced this week, I told them. That should fall on me, not them.
“I thought the consistency was terrible, but, hard to complain when the coaching — I didn’t do my job. I’ll just stick with I didn’t do my job and disappointed in myself. That’s who I’m disappointed in, no players, just myself. Maybe I’ll do a better job and get things back on track.”
Despite two straight losses, Michigan State is still atop the B1G standings, but is now tied with Michigan, also 9-2 on the season. The in-state rivals still have two meetings this season.
If No. 17 Purdue defeats Minnesota on Sunday, there will be a three-way tie atop the B1G.
The Spartans received some devastating news this week, that star Joshua Langford will miss the remainder of the season due to a stress injury in his foot. While MSU has played well without him in the lineup, the news still had an impact on the team.
Michigan State will attempt to bounce back on Tuesday, traveling to Illinois. While the Illini have just seven wins on the season, they’ve won two of their last three contests, which included an upset win over Maryland and Nebraska.