Tom Izzo had been thoroughly disgusted with his team’s effort during their recent three game losing streak. He had seen his Michigan State Spartans scrap and claw their way to the upper echelon of the college basketball world and then he watched as they began to go to school.
The Spartans started having more bad moments on the floor than good. Fatigue was settling into the legs of their star players, and they dropped three important games to the top challengers in the Big Ten. Izzo knew they were at the point where they either needed to get things straightened out, or their season would be done before the last game was ever played.
The moment of truth came on Thursday night when the Spartans welcomed the #22 Wisconsin Badgers to the Breslin Center. A fourth loss would not have ended Michigan State’s chances during the upcoming tournaments, but the Spartans weren’t going to leave that to chance. When they took the floor that night, they took it by storm and Wisconsin never stood a chance.
“I’ve been waiting for this team to bring a little more passion and energy than we did against Michigan.” Tom Izzo said of his team’s effort.
It was just the type of effort the team needed to remind themselves that they are a true contender, and always will be, as long as they play with passion and energy. It is a reminder the team desperately needed, and with the Big Ten Tournament just one game away, the Spartans look to have gotten it back together at just the right time.