staff, October 23, 2015

Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo and women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant both made entertianment-themed entrances to the basketball teams' Midnight Madness event Friday night. Izzo arrived as part of a "Mission Impossible" act while Merchant drew cheers when she had some fun at the expense of fans of Michigan State's top rival.

Izzo has made a number of dramatic Midnight Madness entrances over the years. There was KISS, there was Iron Man, there was a jet pilot – watch them all here. But this year, Izzo made quite another Hollywood-themed entrance. Watch it in the video in this post.

Likewise, Merchant entered to a "Sparty's Angels" theme, and after an opening skit with her assistant coaches, Merchant got the crowd going when she made reference to last week's Michigan State football win. As part of the skit, a "Wolverines fan" came running at her with a spray paint can before he was subdued by two young boys – Merchant's "security detail."

The fan's spray paint can was an obvious reference to the recent vandalism of Michigan State's Magic Johnson statue. Merchant then drew some laughs from the Spartans crowd.

"When he came out, did you notice the spray can?" Merchant said. "He was fumbling it."


We do it all again on Saturday night for Indiana's Hoosier Hysteria (subscribe to watch here). Also, exhibition men's basketball season starts next Thursday. Click here to see the full schedule of those games also offered via a BTN Plus subscription on BTN2Go.

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Here are a few more tweets from the event, too.