The score was tied at 50-50 with just over six minutes to play on a day when the Spartans struggled offensively at times. The fact that Michigan State didn’t pull away for good until late in the game did not not sit well with Spartans head coach Tom Izzo.
“I have no idea why we looked so lethargic and why we missed so many shots,” Izzo said in a post-game press conference. “I am very disappointed in the performance.”
Izzo expects a lot from his team. He has the bar set high at Michigan State and average will never cut it in his eyes. Still, the Spartans did enough to get the job done. It’s better to have room for improvement coming off a win rather than a loss.
The Spartans can never be counted out. They are going to be in the mix for the conference title until the end of the year. Of course, if they are actually going to win the championship, they better play better than they did against Nebraska. In fact, Izzo said he thought Nebraska was the better team on Sunday.
“They played harder than us, they coached better than us,” Izzo said in a post-game press conference. “They probably deserved to win the game in every way.”
Perhaps, but the Spartans ended up winning and need to find a way to continue to make strides.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.