Tom Izzo can be pretty blunt in a postgame press conference, and Sunday was no exception following Michigan State’s 73-63 loss to Purdue.
The Boilermakers led wire-to-wire on Sunday afternoon in Mackey Arena, handing the Spartans their first B1G loss of the season. Purdue fed off the energy of a huge home crowd and Michigan State was rattled early, trailing by 18 at halftime and as many as 23 in the second half.
Izzo said he thought his team was intimidating from the start.
“I give Purdue a lot of credit. I give this place a lot of credit,” Izzo said about the environment in West Lafayette. “My freshmen needed diapers today.”
Michigan State dug itself a big hole early in the game and never led in the contest. Still, the Spartans made a push late in the game, coming as close as four points in the final five minutes. But Purdue pulled away late, dropping MSU to 9-1 in conference play and 18-3 on the season.
Purdue improved to 7-2 in B1G play and 14-6 overall.
Not only was Izzo impressed with the environment at Mackey Arena, he knew that the Boilermakers’ post play was a huge factor.
“All in all, our bigs got their butts kicked,” Izzo said. And with a few days to rest coming up, the MSU head coach said it’ll be good to get his guys some rest. However, he isn’t giving his bigs much time to recover.
“I ain’t resting those bigs,” Izzo said. “They’re in for one hell of a week.”
Michigan State is off until next Saturday, when it hosts Indiana at the Breslin Center.