Tom Izzo was all smiles following Michigan State’s win over No. 4 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

Izzo took time to discuss the victory and more so the way this win can shift the culture of Michigan State as a whole.

I’ve been through a lot of wins and a lot of losses. A lot of tough losses and a lot of incredible wins, but this is special. It’s special because we feel like we’ve gotta recapture our culture a little bit. Those guys did a heck of a job, my staff did a heck of a job. It was a program win for Michigan State University, and I’m happy about that.

Izzo had to acknowledge the assistant coaches who also deserve recognition following a tough battle against the Wildcats, especially on out-of-bounds plays.

Good assistant coaches. They have a lot to do with the out-of-bounds plays. We knew we had to find ways to score cause we know we’re not quite as talented and really make our free throws which we did tonight. We’ve got to find ways to score when everybody’s sleeping and we did that.

The Spartans are seeking to turn more heads as the season progresses. Friday will be another test, that will be interesting to say the least, as MSU hosts Villanova at 8:00 p.m. ET.