Izzo said his team looked sloppy and appeared to be undisciplined in turning the ball over 22 times en route to a 77-74 loss to the Florida Gators. He said having a team that looks that way is every "coaches nightmare." But he turned positive when contemplating Tuesday's matchup against the Blue.
"They belong in Oregon, they're the tallest trees I've ever seen, like a big redwood convention down there," joked Izzo in referring to the height that North Carolina sports across their front line.
"The smallest of those trees is probably their best player and that's Thompson," Izzo said referring to 6-foot-9 senior power forward Deon Thompson.
The Tar Heels abundance of height includes 7-foot center Tyler Zeller, 6-foot-10 twin freshmdn Travis Wear and David Wear, 6-foot-10 power forward John Henson, 6-foot-10 forward Ed Davis and Thompson.
The length of Carolina could pose a serious problem for the Spartans who don't regularly play their tallest player, 7-foot center Tom Herzog and who will likely start 6-foot-10 freshman Garrick Sherman at center and has no other player taller than 6-foot-8.
"I think it's going to be our guard play against their big play. Both of us have strengths and they're kind of the opposite right now. Their strength is on the inside and our strength is on the perimeter. We're going to have to play awfully well in what is probably going to be a crazy environment.
Izzo downplayed any thought of Michigan State trying to get revenge for last year's blowout loss in the NCAA Finals in Detroit last season.
"As far as a rematch and all that, I don't put as much into that as we just have not been able to beat Carolina. I thought our best shot at it was the year they won the National Championship," said Izzo referring to the year State actually led North Carolina at halftime only to be blown out by 16, 87-71.
"I (just) don't think it has anything to do with tomorrow's game, its just a huge game in my mind. I think the best team won last year, but if I said 'I'm not looking forward to going down there and playing', I'd be lying to you too."
For Michigan State to win in Chapel Hill, they are going to have to take advantage of the speed of their guards, particularly All-American candidate Kalin Lucas and backup Korie Lucious and hope their wings, Durrell Summers, Chris Allen and Austin Thornton can all play well without turning the ball over.
The big "X-factor" in the game is what kind of contribution will the Spartans get from forward Raymar Morgan.
Entering his senior year, Morgan has again been sidelined with the usual assortment of injuries and illnesses, this time, a sore ankle.
He enters this matchup shooting just 41% from the field and averaging just 7.3 points per game, but no player on either squad has the ability to raise his game more coming into this one than Morgan.
Michigan State will need the 6-foot-7 forward to come through in this one to give them a positive matchup in the front court against the Carolina "trees".
This one tips off a 9:00pm EST and will be televised on ESPN.