Izzo, whose Spartans enter the tournament as a seven-seed after a relatively rocky season, did not label Kentucky as a sure bet to win it all.
“I don’t think it’s going to be the detriment that cost us for sure four to five games this year,” Izzo said of the team’s foul shooting.
At times this season, even Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo wondered whether the Spartans would be able to extend the program’s streak to 18 straight NCAA tournament selections.
Michigan State led 57-46 after going on a 17-5 run midway through the second half, only to have Wisconsin come back.
Sixth-ranked Wisconsin will take on Michigan State for the Big Ten title.
Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night.
Tom Izzo enjoys the unfriendly reception he gets in opposing arenas — the chants and the signs are part of what makes college basketball fun for the Michigan State coach.
Travis Trice had four of Michigan State’s season-high 13 3-pointers …
Tom Izzo sounded glad the game was over.
Asked if coaches think about the worst possible outcome before calling a risky play, Izzo replied in the affirmative.