Notable Quotable: Izzo On Maryland Defeat

"I sure don't want to take anything away from Gary Williams, his Maryland team played well and played hard. Their guards played really well, Vasquez played really well. Unfortunately for us, we came out with three mistakes right out of the row, and the only guy that really played well for us was Trav (Walton) and he played awfully well." --MSU head coach Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo quotes following the team's 80-62 loss to Maryland.

"I sure don't want to take anything away from Gary Williams, his Maryland team played well and played hard. Their guards played really well, Vasquez played really well. Unfortunately for us, we came out with three mistakes right out of the row, and the only guy that really played well for us was Trav (Walton) and he played awfully well."

"We just struggled with defense, Raymar with the foul trouble he was in, and Suton out, and I can't leave Delvon in there too long at a time. It's really been a mess to try and deal with that whole thing to be honest with you. I don't think that there's an excuse to play the way we did. The defensive lapses, Raymar the way he started out, the free throw shooting which, I don't think in my career I've seen anything like that. Just missed one after another, we tried to put some free throw shooters in, Kalin is one of the better free throw shooters in the conference and he didn't shoot very well tonight."

"Morgan went out early and we had to play freshmen. At one time we had four freshmen on the court at one time. We're not a top five team, not a top-twenty team, thirty team, with those guys in there. It's what we are without Sutton in, and I'm going to try to hold some other guys accountable that I did not think played as well tonight. Disappointing loss, disappointing the way we played, disappointing the way we shot free throws and we have to play a lot better tomorrow. Saying all that, I think Maryland deserves a lot of credit and I thought they played with some energy and I thought their guards played really well, there guards got some guys some open shots. They made open shots too, they shot some of those open threes and hit them."

On Suton—

"The problem is I don't know when you'll see Suton. I'm trying to be as honest as I can be just like I've always been. It just makes it very difficult to go every day and one guy can go 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and Suton, (pause) I think you're better off going to the doctors. There seems to be some soreness and there's nothing structurally that's really wrong, just a matter of when the soreness subsides. I don't see him playing in this tournament, I don't see him playing this week. But I don't know either, I thought for sure we'd know something Monday or Tuesday. I thought everything looked pretty good on Monday and everything looked pretty good on Tuesday. I'd almost rather know that he'd be out for two weeks than go through trying to figure out what he can do. That part has been a little bit of a nightmare to be honest."

On injuries—

"Not to have all those guys in there together, we just have to work with that lineup, and we were stuck. We had to do what we had to do. I don't feel like I'm making excuses about it, it's just a reality to what we're in right now and we're in a tough part of our schedule and the worst thing that can happen happened, Raymar got in foul trouble. He never really played, he never got into the game. We couldn't afford for that to happen."

Raymar not adjusting properly in foul trouble—

"I'd say that's a fair assessment. He's got to realize that if it's a bad call, if it's not a bad call, if it's a situation that he just trips and ran into somebody, whatever it is, he's got to play smarter. I think some of those problems happen if you're not mentally there, and I thought there were some things early on that he just put us in a position by not being as aggressive as he needed to be defensively before guys got the ball, and that puts us in a bad position, it puts Travis in a bad position. So Raymar has got to learn how to adjust to that."

On Kalin Lucas

"I thought he struggled a little bit, but you have to understand too that if you're a quarterback running a team, if you have different parts in that team that normally don't play together. I thought he got to the point we're he wasn't sure what the guys were going to do on the wings, and he passed up shots a couple times and you're not sure who's there and there's just not a comfort level like a receiver and a quarterback. I'm not sure that he just didn't play that well or he just wasn't that comfortable because of the situation."

Travis Walton quote—

"We knew coming into the game that we were going to have to play defense. Our defense wasn't good, and our offense wasn't as sharp. They made shots and with Raymar getting in foul trouble, we couldn't go to him. At the same time our defense didn't play well, they shot 48, 50%, they shot 50% from behind the three point line. We can't ever play like that."


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