Coaches comments following MSU/UW game

"I'm disappointed in the loss. I was proud of the way we prepared. I felt great about the way we came into the game. Our guys, our staff did everything they could do and did, and I thought in every way, shape or form we played pretty well.--Tom Izzo following UW loss.

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo on his team's performance:

"I'm disappointed in the loss. I was proud of the way we prepared. I felt great about the way we came into the game. Our guys, our staff did everything they could do and did, and I thought in every way, shape or form we played pretty well. There were about three minutes of defense at the end and a couple of shots – both regular and free throws, and we've lost two games this year that we missed some down the stretch, but we're leading the nation in free throw shooting so it's hard to complain about that. I thought we did a great job on (Mike) Wilkinson and (Alando) Tucker – two great players. Down the stretch, we gave up some threes and I give (Sharif) Chambliss some credit for making them, and (Clayton) Hanson. That was the difference in the game."

When asked about the defense on Kammron Taylor's game-winning bucket, Izzo said: "Shannon (Brown) got a little caught on a pick and really, it was not a pick, he was supposed to be let through, and he was let through. He was cramped up and he wasn't as quick as he normally is. (It was a) great play by Taylor. (It was) not really a breakdown. We were there. It was just a better play by the offense than it was a poorer play by the defense."

Izzo on the game's final 2:59: "They (Wisconsin) made some good plays. I cannot get on a team for missing a couple free throws that definitely would have made the difference in the game if you're an 81 percent free throw shooter halfway through the season. There's no jinx. There's no this. There's no that. We prepared. We came into a hostile place and I think controlled most of the game – led most of the way. I have no complaints about that.

Personally, I still like our chances. I thought, considering we had a couple guys that didn't play as well, we'll win more than we're going to lose, I can guarantee you that."

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan about his team's comeback: "They (Wisconsin) responded very well. They made plays. It seemed like everything that happened resulted in a positive for us pretty much. The charge on Sharif (Chambliss) – it's kind of hard to get a block on Sharif – they (Michigan State) went down and shot the free throw and they didn't make it. That's also hope for the team that's making a comeback. They didn't score at the free throw line like (Mike) Wilkinson did. When you're behind, that's more hope because you're scoring with the clock stopped. Those are things that, when they happen and they go you're way, they're fun to talk about on our end. "Our guys made plays. (Michigan State) had some shots that didn't go down. . . . In the last three minutes, it's how you're going to score with less time without taking bad shots. So, there are three minutes to go, we said, okay, if we score, we're going to use our timeouts. If there's a minute and below, the clock stops. So, we used one and then on the other one, essentially we scored two. We scored on free throws, so we didn't have to use a timeout because the clock was already stopped. So, all that helped us in that period of time to make an 11-0 run, which is very improbable, but possible. That's why you play the game until the buzzer sounds. I'm really proud of our guys that they hit free throws."

The Spartans will try to rebound Tuesday night, at the Breslin Center, versus the Gene Keady's Purdue Boilermakers.


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