April 5, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - You know the world is spinning wildly out of control when Duke is on the undercard and Mark Emmert is on the right side of history. That is the backdrop to tonight's Final Four - college basketball's most successful program of the last 30 years relegated to warmup act for college basketball's most successful program ever, and the NCAA president a voice of reason in the debate around Indiana's capital on the now-revised "religious freedom" law that was devised by minds that needed opening.
December 7, 2013 |
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 in East Lansing, Mich. "One of the more disappointing performances of my career here," Izzo said. "From the jump ball, they kind of took it to us. " The Tar Heels were in control from the start, never trailed, and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6 minutes, 2 seconds remaining.
March 30, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski have been teaching young men how to play basketball for decades. On Thursday, they demonstrated why they are so good. They stay loose. Instead of getting tense and out of sorts the day before the Midwest Regional's well-hyped coaching matchup, the pair took turns praising each other's style, their loyalty to their schools and their teams' penchant for limiting mistakes. "I consider him a great friend.
March 29, 2013 |
A WEEK AGO, Florida Gulf Coast University was just another overlooked No. 15 seed - a longshot in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Eagles are the first 15 to advance to the Sweet 16, the darlings of the South Regional. "The way we looked at it, we did make history . . . We feel like we shocked the world," said Brett Comer, the FGCU guard with 22 points and 24 assists in two NCAA games. "Nobody picked us to beat Georgetown, or San Diego State [both in Philadelphia], for sure. We're going to prepare for Florida the same way. We're going to try to win again.
January 19, 2013 |
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo knows that to stop Deshaun Thomas is the surest way to stop No. 11 Ohio State. "Thomas is shooting the lights out. He's been really effective," Izzo said during preparations for his 18th-ranked Spartans' home game against the Buckeyes on Saturday night. "We've got to contain Thomas. " The thing is, no one really has been able to do that all season. The 6-foot-7 junior leads the Big Ten in scoring (by more than two full points) at 20.3 points a game.
March 19, 2012 |
Draymond Green does it all for the Michigan State basketball team. He added one more duty Sunday, mopping sweat out of the lane late in the Spartans' third-round NCAA West Regional game against St. Louis. Green, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior from Saginaw, Mich., is the Spartans' unquestioned leader, and not just because he led his team into the Sweet 16 with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists in a 65-61 victory over St. Louis in Columbus, Ohio. Green has the trust of his coach, Tom Izzo, who said, "I've never had a player that can pick up a scouting report faster than this kid can. " So when things were getting tight against the plucky Billikens of the Atlantic Ten, Green was the man with the basketball.
March 27, 2011
From: Gonzalez, John To: Fox, Ashley; Fitzpatrick, Frank Subject: No more tears Coaches used to wait until they were between jobs to get TV gigs. Now they just wait until they're bounced from the tournament. Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo, Frank Martin, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Wright, among others, have all worked for CBS since losing last weekend. Doesn't anyone go home to sulk - or at least pretend to be disappointed - anymore? From: Fitzpatrick, Frank To: Fox, Ashley; Gonzalez, John Subject: No more tears The crazy money is creating one big undifferentiated family in sports.
January 27, 2011 |
Peyton Siva hit a twisting layup with 4.5 seconds remaining to lift No. 23 Louisville over visiting West Virginia, 55-54, Wednesday night. Siva finished with 14 points as the Cardinals (16-4, 5-2 Big East) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to post their second down-to-the-wire victory in the last two weeks. The Mountaineers fell to 13-6, 4-3. Penn State 65, Iowa 51 - Talor Battle broke out of a two-game shooting slump with 23 points and Jeff Brooks' sparkling two-way play lifted Penn State over visiting Iowa.
December 18, 2010 |
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will serve a one-game suspension for a secondary violation of NCAA rules tied to a summer-basketball camp. Michigan State officials said Friday that the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp last June. The person was paid $475 for five days of working with middle schoolers. Izzo said he regrets what happened and called it an unintentional rules violation. Izzo will sit out Saturday's game against Prairie View A&M. Michigan State (7-3)
June 17, 2010
HE MADE A LIST of college coaches he admired, reeled them off at his "I'm staying" news conference as if reciting the alphabet. "Coach K, Jim Boeheim," Tom Izzo said when he announced he would not be taking the $30 million offer to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. "Pitino - I should say Paterno. "Schembechler, Tom Osborne, coach Bowden, coach Smith . . . " We'll get back to the Rick Pitino slip later, for his might be the most compelling name of all. Tom Izzo is 55, and until the University of Oregon came knocking earlier this spring, he had slipped off the A-list of college coaches who might work as pro coaches, despite six Final Four appearances over the last 12 years.