Tom Izzo is known for performing football-like drills at his basketball practices, so does that mean Mark Dantonio performs basketball-like drills at his football practices? “Well, after our performance the other night, I hope not,” Izzo joked on The Morning Show, referring to his team’s 79-65 loss to North Carolina.
Improving and healing are the top items on the agenda for Michigan State basketball, and not necessarily in that order. The No. 1 Spartans won’t hold that ranking anymore when the new polls come out Monday, not after Wednesday’s 79-65 home loss to unranked North Carolina. The Spartans (7-1) were dominated inside by the Tar Heels (5-2), who now have wins over MSU and Louisville, and losses to Belmont and UAB.
Mike Wilson at Scout is reporting Gary Harris is out indefinitely with his right ankle injury that was re-aggravated in last night's loss. Wilson says Harris will be held out of everything for a couple of weeks. It was possible, leading up to the North Carolina game, that Harris wasn't even going to play in that game.
Matt Costello wasn’t supposed to play Wednesday night — but he contributed in a big way. Despite a 79-65 loss to North Carolina, the sophomore forward was the only member of the No. 1 MSU men’s basketball team to play with the spirit of the best team in the nation. “One of the guys that has played the least amount of minutes in his career, played the hardest,” head coach Tom Izzo said. “He played as hard as anybody on our team, and I give him the most credit.”
Harris, whose struggles continued with a 5-of-15 shooting night that included missed layups and blown wide-open shots, at first tried to put on the same mask he wore last year and hide his emotions and competitive spirit. "We'll be good, we'll learn from this game,'' Harris said without emotion as reporters began to circle around him after Wednesday's game. "I wish it could have gone the other way. Sometimes that needs to happen.''
Tom Izzo was somber after his team's first setback of the season. J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat top-ranked Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season. "One of the more disappointing performances of my career here," Izzo said. "From the jump ball, they kind of took it to us."
Quick spin through good, bad (there was some good) of Spartans' loss to UNC Detroit Free Press
One of the most disappointing performances of his career. I’ve heard Tom Izzo say that at least 20 times. He said it again Wednesdsay night after No. 1 MSU’s 79-65 loss to unranked North Carolina at Breslin Center. His disappointment was genuine each time, of course, but they can’t all be on the short list!
North Carolina 79, No. 1 MSU 65: Why the Spartans lost Wednesday Detroit Free Press
The Tar Heels came right out and punched MSU, dominating the glass and stifling MSU’s halfcourt offense with their length. It was 20-6 North Carolina before the Spartans started to show some life. MSU dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half to draw even at the break, but UNC returned to interior pounding in the second half, building the lead all the way back to 65-52 with less than six minutes to play.
Unranked Tar Heels upset No. 1 Spartans at home Detroit Free Press
If the first glimpse is any indication, Michigan State needs to wake up quickly from its dream week of sports. Tom Izzo’s top-ranked men’s basketball team started it Wednesday night against North Carolina at the Breslin Center, with a men’s soccer Elite Eight game, women’s volleyball NCAA tournament opener and the main event — the football team against Ohio State for the Big Ten championship Saturday in Indianapolis — to come.
Hobbled Michigan State knocked off by North Carolina The court at Michigan State's Breslin Center became a makeshift infirmary for the Spartans. Adreian Payne hobbled while unable to coax a cramp out of his leg. Gary Harris limped around upon aggravating a sprained ankle. Keith Appling briefly left for the locker room after landing hard on his hip. Matt Costello was sick and forced to play major minutes.
North Carolina topples No. 1 Michigan State Detroit News
The reign is the No. 1 team in the nation ended Wednesday night for Michigan State and coach Tom Izzo left wondering why his team didn’t show the toughness he has become accustomed to seeing.
Tom Izzo despondent; North Carolina's Roy Williams downplays dominance MLive
Tom Izzo is never in a good mood after losses, but Wednesday's night loss to North Carolina seemed to hit Michigan State's head coach harder than most any other regular-season defeat in recent memory. "Probably one of the more disappointing performances in my career here,'' said Izzo.
No. 1 Spartans fall to UNC after slow start State News
The No. 1 men’s basketball team walked onto the court in kryptonite-colored socks for their highly-anticipated Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup against North Carolina. However, the Superman of college hoops walked off the court with their first loss of the season to UNC, 79-65. The Spartans never led during a game that showcased some of MSU’s most troubling tendencies on the season thus far.
Roy Williams gets upper hand on Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, again Detroit News
Tom Izzo has had his share of victories in his 19 seasons as a head coach. He’s just had a little more trouble against Roy Williams. The North Carolina coach is now 7-0 against Izzo and Michigan State while leading the Tar Heels, the latest victory a 79-65 decision on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The only time Williams has lost to Michigan State was as the coach at Kansas in December 1999.
Carolina Blue - UNC 79, MSU 65 Nothing went right for #1-ranked Michigan State as they were beaten convincingly by North Carolina in the Breslin Center Wednesday night. The Spartans showed little energy and produced little success against an unpredictable North Carolina team that now has wins over Louisville and Michigan State to pair with losses against Belmont and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Tar Heels bully Spartans in their own backyard iSportsWeb
It’s not every day that a Tom Izzo coached team is out muscled and outworked. But in first-ranked Michigan State’s 79-65 home loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night, outmuscled and outworked may be putting it nicely as the Tar Heels (5-2) — who have beaten an AP No. 1 team for a record 13 times — completely annihilated the Spartans (7-1) in the paint, as they outscored them 44-28 and out rebounded them 49-38.
No. 1 Michigan State’s loss to North Carolina: Injuries, or sign of a bigger issue? College Basketball Talk
The Spartans entered this game undefeated, but they haven’t exactly been the most consistently dominant team in the country. They barely beat Columbia. They struggled against Portland and nearly blew a massive lead against Oklahoma. Michigan State needs to get healthy. But is there more going on here than just the injury bug biting them at the wrong time?
Michigan State big man Matt Costello is out of the starting lineup and will be limited in tonight's game against North Carolina due to flu-like symptoms, and he might not play at all, according to coach Tom Izzo. "If he plays it'll be a couple minutes," Izzo told the Spartan Sports Network before the game of the sophomore, who did participate in warm-ups.
It's a different North Carolina, an unranked team with two upset losses on its résumé already and two key players sitting out while the NCAA determines whether they received impermissible benefits.
When you're 7-0 and No. 1 in the country, that's a fairly obvious conclusion, but the comparison was made against the rest of the top teams in the nation, where finding any sort of consistency seems to be a problem.
It’s hard to know exactly what to expect from North Carolina heading into Wednesday’s game at No. 1 Michigan State. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect from North Carolina heading into Wednesday’s game at No. 1 Michigan State.
North Carolina. Primetime on ESPN. Nearly fifteen thousand fans, all packed inside Breslin Center. There’s no doubt about it — tonight’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge showdown between the No. 1 MSU men’s basketball team and UNC will be a critical — and loud— one.
Michigan State hosts North Carolina in the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. This is the fifth meeting between the Spartans and Tar Heels in the 15-year history of the challenge, tying Minnesota-Florida State for the most-played challenge matchup. The two teams last met in East Lansing in Nov. 2000 for the challenge.