March 7th, 2022

At some point in the future, Tom Izzo will come to terms with what he accomplished Sunday. Michigan State’s 77-67 win over Maryland marked Izzo’s 663rd triumph with the Spartans, breaking a tie with Bobby Knight for most victories by a coach at a Big Ten school. After the win, and after the senior day ceremony that followed, Izzo still wasn’t sure exactly what to make of the achievement. On one hand, he said it was “humiliating” and “a little embarrassing” to usurp Knight, a man he idolized. “He was my hero,” Izzo said. “It was John Wooden for some. I was not quite — I didn’t know enough about him, so it was Bob Knight (for me).”

Source: Lansing State Journal