At long last, though, after a long regular season full of injuries and illness, the Spartans may be ready.
The 12th-seeded Crimson (27-5) trailed by 16 early in the second half but took a 62-60 lead when Laurent Rivard hit a 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining.
You’ll see both interviews as well as coverage of all the upsets, all the favorties and all the emotion that makes this one of the best sporting events of the year.
“I don’t think anybody understands all the things that you go through,” Izzo said on the show.
Adreian Payne scored 18 points and Gary Harris and Branden Dawson added 15 each to lead No. 22 Michigan State to its second Big Ten tournament title in three years with a 69-55 upset of No. 8 Michigan on Sunday.
Injury and adjustment issues aside, with the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments imminent, the Spartans need Keith Appling more than ever.
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.