After the Spartans closed the regular season with a home win over Ohio State, MSU coach Tom Izzo implored his players to give him three days that would last the next three weeks. And then the Spartans lost to the Buckeyes last Friday, a one-and-out Big Ten tournament stumble. Yet they knew another game would come. And now the motivation becomes even more clear: Survive and advance, or lose and watch the rest of the NCAA tournament at home.
Source: Detroit Free Press