Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/23/13
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Boys will be boys, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo doesnt mind rough-housing between his players if the confrontation serves a purpose. Center Derrick Nix and point guard Keith Appling, two of his tri-captains and best friends since Detroit Pershing High, got into a shouting match and towel-slapping incident Saturday during a timeout with 12:45 remaining in the Spartans 70-48 NCAA Midwest Regional win over Memphis. Its great, isnt it? Izzo said with a smile. It reminds me of (Mateen) Cleaves and them (on the 2000 national championship team). Its better when your team is getting a little feisty. Keith didnt want to take anything from Nix, so he told him. Thats all good. Trust me, in my program, thats all good. They got into it a little bit and I enjoyed it. Nix, standing on the left side of the huddle with Izzo seated in the middle, had words with Appling, who was seated on the right side of the huddle. Nix swatted Appling with a white towel and Appling said...
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