ScoutTV: Post-Illinois

"When we got knocked in the mouth, I don't think we responded very well. That was definately the toughest team we've played." - Tom Izzo after a grinding 51-41 Michigan State victory over Illinois. He did praise at least one player, however: "Thank God for Travis Walton."

EATS LANSING - Michigan State (19-2) coach Tom Izzo said Illinois (10-12) played as hard as any team in the country before the the Spartans beat the Illini 51-41 Wednesday night.

After a 51-41 defensive grind, he repeated those same sentiments at his post-game news conference.

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