Izzo's faith was vindicated when Michigan State throttled conference rival Ohio State 84-70 to move into sole possession of the Big Ten with a 7-2 conference record.
Izzo attributed MSU recent success in shooting to unselfishness in sharing the basketball. "We're passing it better,"Izzo said. "For a coach, that's the part that's exciting. They are very, very unselfish." That unselfishness led directly to an incredible 73% shooting performance from the field.
Had State not missed its last four shots it would have broken the NCAA mark for shooting accuracy. "Sooner or later you think you're going to miss one but we stayed pretty consistent," point guard Chris Hill said.
The Spartans parlayed a great performance against Iowa, which gave coach Izzo his 200th career win, into a strong performance against the Buckeyes.