Izzo said the change in how hand-checking is officiated has been hard on players and coaches, and the matter has not set well with him.
LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points and Aaron Craft added 12, including a late free throw, to lead Ohio State past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67 on Sunday.
Tom Izzo is an incredible coach. Sell him short, especially in March, at your own risk.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo looked reluctant as he considered the question.
The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.
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Relevant on a national scale, the Wolverines look even stronger in their own state.
Even Tom Izzo found it fitting that the lights suddenly turned off during his post-game press conference.
Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 20 Michigan beat No. 13 Michigan State 79-70 on Sunday to take over first place in the Big Ten.
The same duo whose presence made Michigan State a Final Four contender now faces limitations that could derail the team’s tournament hopes.