EAST LANSING, MICH. -- Maybe the Michigan State Spartans had a bad case of Kentucky hangover, but there was no one celebrating a victory over Columbia Friday night.
Naturally, MSU coach Tom Izzo was pretty despondent after a 62-53 comeback victory over Columbia, hardly even the best team in the Ivy League.
"We seemed a little selfish and this is not a selfish team but that means we didn't respect our opponents, we didn't respect the game, and we really deserved to get beat," Izzo said.
Point guard Keith Appling, who finished with three points, six assists and one rebound while holding Columbia's top scorer, Grant Mullins, to zero points, put it succinctly.
"If we continue this way, our season's not going to go the way we want it to and Coach is not going to be happy," Appling said. "When Coach is not happy, it's not a good environment around here."
Said Gary Harris: "If we lose this game, it's a bigger loss than it is ...