March Madness 2019: Tom Izzo’s viral tirade won’t hold back Michigan State

first_img“I learned in the last couple of years about sound bites, and there is a 10-second sound bite in a two-year relationship,” Izzo said. “I just think that people don’t understand that coaches — at least this coach relies on relationships with his players, I think more than any coach in the country.”That’s an egotistical or selfish statement or self-proclaimed, but I think it’s been earned. The number of players that called me last night, that had already called Aaron . . .”The 10 seconds, you’ve got to appreciate that there is a year and a half of recruiting, there is a year that he’s been here now. There are hours and hours spent on, ‘What did you want to accomplish? What do you need to help our team win?’ If you don’t do those things, what do you think my job is?” There are a lot of ways to use the language, and one of them is honestly. Which is not really what was happening when the now-viral timeout huddle Thursday involving Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who was shown extending and escalating his harangue of freshman Aaron Henry, was described by some in this manner:His players had to hold him back! No, his players held him back. They did not have to hold him back. Had they not held him back, nothing would have happened that hadn’t already happened, except they would not have held him back. Izzo was not going to turn a verbal tirade into something more. He has been a head coach for nearly a quarter-century. He understands the boundary.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleHere’s what is lost, what is missed, in the common description of this circumstance. Veteran guards Matt McQuaid and Cassius Winston put their hands on their coach. Their relationship is such that they felt no reluctance to do this. They felt it best to intervene between Izzo and Henry, to assure their coach he had made his point and they could handle it from there.Tom Izzo goes after Aaron Henry pretty hard. pic.twitter.com/A4KUMT6XWa— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 21, 2019Theirs is not a typical relationship, which is one reason Michigan State has two championships in the bank this season and is working toward a third entering a second-round NCAA Tournament game against Big Ten rival Minnesota (7:30 p.m. ET, CBS, fuboTV).”Coach is filled with passion and emotion and love. Those are the main things that make him as great as he is,” Winston told reporters Friday. “When he’s getting after you or when he’s yelling, it’s never out of harm. It’s never out of hate. It’s literally him wanting the best for you and him challenging you and pushing you to be the best you can be. And it’s worked for years and years and years.”He’s a great coach and even better person. Him yelling . . . he is the first one to yell, and he will be the first one to cry when something bad or good happens.”How has it worked so far? Izzo is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He has coached in seven Final Fours. He has won five Big Ten tournaments. He has won nine Big Ten regular-season titles. His Spartans won the 2000 NCAA championship.More to this point, he has coached 20 players who were NBA draft picks, including current superstar Draymond Green, top guard Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets, rookies Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets and Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies and such past standouts as Charlie Bell, Zach Randolph and Jason Richardson. His players improve. This is part of that process.”To me, it was ridiculous the way it blew up,” Izzo told reporters Friday. “I would publicly thank the many, many people that saw it as ridiculous.”MORE: Draymond Green defends Izzo after incidentIt may not be for you. It may not be what you’d prefer for your child. That’s your prerogative. It has worked for these families, fairly consistently. Izzo saw Henry jogging back on defense, and he was not going to stand for this.It will work for Henry, eventually. He is a magnificent prospect, but unfinished. There are players touted as one-and-doners who will not match the career that Henry will have, so long as he doesn’t attempt to short-cut his development. He’s incredibly dynamic and already has flashed moves that can be the separator between a pro who earns NBA dollars and one who must go elsewhere to seek that sort of work, such as Europe or China. There aren’t many who can bounce the ball into their weak hand, stop quickly and fire on balance with their strong hand. Henry does it as a lefty, which makes him even more difficult to defend.It can be argued that Izzo’s outburst was not well-timed for this circumstance. It appeared Henry was rattled, and he committed a nearly disastrous turnover not long afterward. He attempted a save under the basket MSU was defending, and with multiple teammates available, he passed it directly to Bradley’s Nate Kennell. That was turned into a Braves 3-pointer, and a 50-43 lead was gone inside a minute.Henry committed a foul not long afterward, and another turnover five minutes later. Oh, and that missed dunk! The Spartans were ahead by a point with 5:29 left and desperate for every point, but he styled a bit too much and lost control of the ball, slamming it off the rim instead of through the goal.Something funny happened in the end, though. With 2:43 left, Henry nailed a short jumper to extend his team’s lead to eight points. He made a couple of free throws not long after. He contributed to the Spartans’ victory.And Izzo became a thing. It’s March, when the games mean more and more people watch. Some claim an expertise they may not have earned. A lot of that was aimed at him following Thursday’s game.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Texas Tech’s Tariq Owens returns after suffering leg injury vs. Michigan State

first_img March Madness 2019: Auburn’s Bruce Pearl addresses last-second foul call vs. Virginia Texas Tech avoided a major problem.Tariq Owens, who had tallied several big blocks in the tournament and in the Red Raiders’ matchup with Michigan State in the Final Four, went down after twisting his ankle badly in the second half. Tariq Owens with a thunderous jam #4To1 #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/I6q7B1gXFu— Sports Daily (@SportsDGI) April 7, 2019After a few minutes in the locker room Owens jogged back out to the bench to the delight of the Red Raider faithful.He came back into the game with 6:52 left in the game.The Red Raiders’ crowd goes wild as Tariq Owens returns from the locker room after an injury! 👏@TexasTechMBB | #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/hRtJBSdovw— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 7, 2019This story will be updated. Owens had seven points, four rebounds and three blocks when he went out.center_img March Madness 2019: Virginia tops Auburn after devastating foul call on 3-pointer Tariq Owens sends Texas Tech into the break with a two-point lead on Michigan State! pic.twitter.com/igw1AQzbgI— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) April 7, 2019Owens appeared to twist both his ankle and his knee and stayed down on the floor for a few minutes.He was able to get up and walk off the floor on his own power. Related Newslast_img read more