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Michigan State Basketball: Izzo’s journey to greatness

The year is 1995, Tom Izzo becomes the 16th coach in Michigan State basketball history. He is now the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten and has the most wins as a Michigan State basketball coach. But, what is it that has allowed for Izzo to have so much success in East Lansing? If you haven’t seen the interview I had with Mateen Cleaves (Catching up with Mateen), Cleaves talked...
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Tom Izzo Sounds Off On NCAA Transfers

This is the time of year when college coaches are in full recruiting mode because of transfer students and while some may view it as an exciting time, it certainly has its critics. It just so happens that one of those critics is Michigan State Spartans head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, and he was not shy about his feelings on the subject. Speaking to Joe Rexrode of the Detroit...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Tom Izzo shows support for Memphis Grizzlies

“Whoop That Trick” by Terrence Howard was one of the songs on the soundtrack of the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow. It’s edgy and pretty much self-explanatory. If you’re in the mindset to kick some butt, this is the song to listen to.  Howard’s character in the film, DJay, is a pimp and an aspiring rapper from Memphis. Starting back in the 2013 playoffs, “Whoop That Trick”...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo Made It Clear He Wasn’t Happy With The Officiating After MSU’s Final Four Loss

Duke defeated Michigan State 81-61 in tonight’s first semifinal. Throughout the game, MSU head coach Tom Izzo appeared quite irritated with the officiating. The Spartans committed 28 fouls to Duke’s 18, and the Blue Devils shot 37 free throws while Michigan State attempted 16.  After the game, Izzo continued to express some displeasure with how the game was called.  Izzo cites...
Via College Spun
April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo on social media: Not one person on the planet benefits from it

Tom Izzo has made it abundantly clear on several occasions that he is no fan of social media. And during Friday’s Final Four press conference, the Michigan State Spartans head basketball coach upped his anti-Twitter crusade by arguing not only is social media useless to him, it has virtually no tangible benefits whatsoever for humanity...Read More The post Tom Izzo: No person...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

It is very easy to think that any particularly special achievement — enhanced by the adrenaline or excitement you feel in the present moment — is the best ever. Once in a great while, the euphoria and breathlessness surrounding a given sports moment are not out of step with a genuine analytical appraisal of what just happened. The 2008 Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles final...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Izzo: MSU could win football, basketball titles in same year

Is there a college athletic program that currently boasts a better football-men’s basketball combination than Michigan State?  Probably not.  The Spartans’ men’s basketball team, of course, is set to play in the Final Four this weekend. The football team, meanwhile, has won 24 games over the last two seasons and is a likely contender for the College Football Playoff in...
Via College Spun
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

In A League Of Izzone: Tom Izzo Puts Michigan State’s Spare Parts Together, Reaching His Seventh Final Four

The number seven is paramount in the present-day world of Tom Izzo… not because he’s lucky, but because he’s so darn good at what he does. Sunday in Syracuse, in a game that was as contentious and even as everyone expected it to be, Izzo’s Michigan State team had the final say on a last-minute overtime putback by Branden Dawson, edging past a determined Louisville side that...
Via The Student Section
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Should Tom Izzo be worried about his Spartans?

Michigan State lost at Nebraska on Saturday. You might not think that’s too big a deal. After all, Michigan State lost at home to the Huskers a season ago, and not only made the NCAA tournament, but gained a No. 4 seed and eventually progressed to the Elite Eight. This is a Tom Izzo team. The Spartans play in the Big Ten. They’re still a good bet to make the Big Dance, right...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

If you’re a low-tier college basketball team hoping to beat an established, premier program, travel to Michigan for a game.  This afternoon, a couple weeks after NJIT defeated the then-No. 17 Wolverines, No. 25 Michigan State (8-4) fell to Texas Southern (2-8), 71-64. According to noted college basketball expert Ken Pomeroy, this was a bigger upset than NJIT’s victory against...
Via College Spun
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

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