Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has seen more than his share of clutch performances and high-pressure situations. But even in his biggest games, there have been breaks in the action. In real emergencies, there are no timeouts, no commercials. That lesson — along with several others — was driven home for Izzo and other MSU coaches during a rather unusual team-building exercise at an annual Athletics Department retreat in early June. The coaches went through a simulation at MSU’s College of Human Medicine involving an emergency procedure with a critically ill “patient.” Izzo, Mark Dantonio (football), Tom Minkel
We pulled the best photos from the Michigan State-DukeFinal Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday. Have a look at some really great photography. Also, check out these previous photos galleries.
National championships, multiple Final Four appearances, impressive won-loss records year after year. Whatever your criteria for deciding the best of the coaches, this year's Final Four group has it.
A former Michigan State star explains Tom Izzo's success. A Wisconsin writer explains how the Badgers hit it big with Bo Ryan. Could Ohio State's top Heisman Trophy candidate be a running back? And let's look at how transfer quarterbacks actually do. All of this and more in Friday's Big Ten headlines.
Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
Tom Izzo and Michigan State are off to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight years. But, could this be Izzo's best coaching job?
It’s been a struggle for Michigan State at the free-throw line this year. [ MORE: You see this incredible dunk? | Iowa honors Roy Marble ] The Spartans entered Saturday’s game at Indiana shooting 62.9 percent as a team from the charity stripe. They went 11-of-20 (55 percent) in the wild 74-72 road win, which lowered the season total to 62.7 percent. Funny thing is, Tom Izzo wanted them to go 10-of-20, as he told Marvin Clark Jr. to miss a free throw with 0.7 seconds left and the Spartans leading by one. Clark hit the shot, and Izzo’s reaction
Kentucky is 29-0, with a road game at Georgia and a home game vs. Florida remaining before the SEC tournament. As people have asked most of the season: Can the Wildcats join the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers as the only perfect NCAA champions? And, if they do, how would it compare to what Indiana did? That’s what Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein asked Tom Izzo on Monday’s Big Ten teleconference. Listen to his full response in the media player above. Here’s a snippet of Izzo’s response: “I don’t know what you’d consider. I know the SEC isn’t as strong, and I don’t
Each Monday morning during the Big Ten men’s basketball season, the 14 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Monday afternoon. Listen to all 14 @B1GMBBall coaches on today's teleconference. #MarchOnBTN https://t.co/2J0BUhedFH — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2015
Like most involved in college basketball, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo finds it easy to compliment Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky.