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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Coach Tom Izzo's not fouling against Minnesota may have cost the Spartans another game, but, was this choice just a part of his method toward "March Madness?"
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  In the early years of Tom Izzo's coaching career, it was a lot easier to get rid of game tape he didn't especially want to review. In fact, the Michigan State coach has famously used hand tools to smash them to pieces in the midst of a season.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  I had a feeling Tom Izzo wasn't done talking about the second "foul or defend" situation this season that has resulted in a last-second tying three for an opponent – both of which resulted in home losses for Michigan State, to Maryland on Dec. 30 and to Minnesota on Thursday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo said he considered fouling when up by three late in regulation against Minnesota before ultimately opting to defend. He then watched as Michigan State missed a defensive switch and allowed the Gophers' Carlos Morris hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. "It's a choice I made and a choice I'll live with," Izzo said. "If guys would do their damn job, do what they're supposed to do, we wouldn't have been in that position."



Choice to defend instead of foul late bites MSU again Detroit Free Press
The last time MSU faced a "foul or defend" situation, Denzel Valentine and associate head coach Dwayne Stephens talked Tom Izzo into fouling Ohio State – a turnover on the inbounds pass made that a moot point. But on Thursday, there were no such discussions with Minnesota inbounding down 78-75 and 12.8 seconds left in regulation.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Here's something not often heard from a college basketball freshman: "I love playing defense, the favorite part of practice for me is defending," Michigan State freshman Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn said this week. "I love the fact that I can stop somebody from scoring or getting to where they want to get on the court. I take a lot of pride in that."
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  "I think we are winning because everybody is doing a better job," Izzo said. "It's our seniors that have definitely stepped up. Trice is definitely stepped up. Valentine has definitely been there and Dawson is becoming the defensive player that will hopefully get the recognition he deserves in the league. Not only is he defending different positions, but his shot blocking has been phenomenal."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State woke up Wednesday morning still mathematically in the Big Ten title race, thanks to Maryland's upset win over Wisconsin the night before. But that chance is still slim, and Spartans coach Tom Izzo said he doesn't want his players focusing on that.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Michigan State is still in the Big Ten title race thanks to Sunday’s win at Illinois, but Tom Izzo isn’t focused on a very slim chance at a conference title. The Spartans would need to win their last four games beginning Thursday against Minnesota, finishing at Wisconsin, home against Purdue and at Indiana.
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  Tom Izzo started his day recruiting in Alabama. He ended it watching Spartan-bound Deyonta Davis, Muskegon’s 6-foot-10 power forward and a Mr. Basketball candidate, play against Grand Rapids Union at Redmond-Potter Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  Recap of Illinois and preview of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Special guest Dave Revsine from the Big Ten Network
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "I never beg. I'm not begging for ourselves, either," Izzo said. "I look at an Ohio State team...I mean, our league is good, it is really good, we're just not top-heavy. We've got one standout team, Wisconsin. We've got a bunch of very, very good teams that are very hard to beat. I see some of these (mock brackets), I know they're predictions, but now that maybe we won a couple of games, I don't have to stick up for us, I'm sticking up for the other teams. And yeah, I don't think the perception's as good as it needs to be or should be. I really don't."
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg talk with Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Purdue's Matt Painter about how they've turned their seasons around and potential freshman ineligibility.


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