Spartans over hangover from BTT loss

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said it lasted Monday, but the focus has shifted ahead to the NCAA Tournament after talking it through.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was concerned about a potential hangover after the Spartans’ heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin on Sunday.

On Tuesday, he said it was a one-day thing for his team, which took time Monday to get past the loss in the Big Ten Tournament title game.

”I think we had it,” he said. “It was yesterday and it’s over.”

It was a tough defeat for the Spartans, who seemingly had the game wrapped up leading by 11 with 7:46 to go. The opportunity to hang a banner was close – one that would have been “as significant as any banner hanging out there,” Izzo said.

But with the NCAA Tournament and the No. 7 seed Spartans having their first game against No. 10-seeded Georgia on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., the time to move on came Monday.

”We just had a walkthrough and a film session,” Izzo said. “I knew the players needed a rest. We talked about it – we talked openly about it. …

”I think everybody cleared the air and I know I feel better about it and I think they do, too.”

The Spartans’ coach was out recruiting last night, but said after he returned, he got together with his “three amigos.” It was a meeting that consisted of sitting in the video room and talking.

”It was talking with them, instead of talking down to them – or in this case, up to them, more often than not,” Izzo said. “I left there feeling good. Kind of got me over the hangover that took a little longer than normal.

”Today has been a good day and, hopefully, we can grow from it.”


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