MSU head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following the Spartans NCAA Tournament run.
Izzo pleased with team's effort in 2012-13, and believes next season could be special.
News and quotes from MSU's loss to Duke in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
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Michigan State men's basketball
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Voted co-captain by his teammates prior to the season Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the conference coaches Recipient of MSU's Inspirational Player and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Awards Appeared in all 36 games, starting 34, averaging 27.6 minutes, third most on the team Averaged 9.9 points, ranking fourth on the team, and 6.6 rebounds, ranking second on the team Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.506) His .506 field-goal percentage ranked third on the team among players with more than 100 attempts Ranked fourth on the team with 39 steals Shot a career-best .690 free-threw percentage, after shooting as low as .271 as a freshman Ranked third on the team in total assists (56) Scored in double figures in 15 contests, including two games of more than 20 points; MSU was 12-3 when he scored in double figures Finished his career by scoring in double figures in eight of his last 13 contests Led MSU in scoring in four contests MSU's leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 15.0 points and a team-high 10.7 rebounds in three tournament games Recorded four double-doubles Scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Texas (12/22), hitting 7-of-10 shots and 11-of-13 free throws, while recording four steals; he was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 24 Turned in an impressive 23-point, 15-rebound performance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Valparaiso (3/21); he joined Johnny Green as the only two Spartans to ever score 20 points and grab 15 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game Also posted double-doubles against Tuskegee (12/15; 11 pts., 13 reb.) and Nebraska (2/16; 13 pts., 11 reb.); the 11 rebounds against the Huskers were a personal best in a Big Ten game Scored 17 points in games against Purdue (2/9) and Ohio State (3/16) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Recorded a season-high four steals against Texas and Memphis (3/23) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Twice dished out a career-high six assists, against both Indiana (1/27) and Northwestern (3/10).
Appeared in 37 games, starting one, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds Ranked fifth on the team in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in steals (27) Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage overall (.558) and fifth in conference games (.547) Recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player Award after raising his scoring average from 2.7 ppg as a sophomore to 8.1 ppg as a junior Co-recipient of MSU's Unsung Player Award Scored in double figures in 14 games Led the team in scoring with 13 points at Michigan (1/17) Scored a career-best 18 points vs. LIU Brooklyn (3/16), adding eight rebounds Scored 14 points at home against Indiana (12/28) and versus Bowling Green (12/17) Collected six or more rebounds on seven occasions, including a season-high nine rebounds in 17 minutes in the season-opener against North Carolina (11/11) Grabbed a team-best six rebounds in MSU's 74-67 win at No. 23 Gonzaga (12/10) Recorded two steals in seven contests and two blocks on three occasions Averaged 1.0 assists per game and tallied a career-best five against Nebraska (2/25), adding three against Ohio State (3/11) in the Big Ten Tournament title game and against Nebraska Omaha (12/4).
Appeared in 30 games, starting one Scored a season-high 12 points at Iowa (2/2) in just 12 minutes, hitting 5-of-9 from the field, adding five offensive rebounds Played a season-high 23 minutes vs. Indiana (1/30), scoring nine points Scored seven points at Ohio State (2/15) Grabbed a season-high six boards at Illinois (1/18) Grabbed more offensive rebounds (31) than defensive rebounds (28).
Appeared in 36 games, starting 16 Started the final nine games and 11 of the last 12 Shot .507 from the field Set MSU freshman debut record with 14 rebounds vs. Florida Gulf Coast (11/13), adding 11 points to become just the second freshman in school history to post a double-double in his debut Scored eight points in 15 minutes vs. Maryland (3/21) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Forty-five percent of his rebounds came on the offensive glass (34 of 76) Earned the first start of his career against Wisconsin (1/6).
2009 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award winner Averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds as a senior at Pershing High School, playing for Coach A.W. Canada Led Pershing to Class A State title Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection, also earning All-Metro and All-Detroit honors Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds as a junior Helped lead Pershing to a 22-5 record and a spot in the Class A title game, totaling 12 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game Named third-team All-Detroit by The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and honorable mention all-state Class A by the Detroit Free Press Rated the No. 69 player in the nation by Rivals.com, including the No. 8 center Played for Detroit Murray Wright as a sophomore Played AAU basketball for The Family.
Born Dec. 11, 1990 Son of Darlis Nix Attended the same high school as former Spartan All-American Steve Smith Sociology major.