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Post Game Quotes vs. Illinois



March 4, 2006

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Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo
Opening statement...
"It was one of those days where I felt as I watched the game, I was very disappointed in our effort. As I continued to watch the game, I became not as disappointed in our effort, but very disappointed in our energy. I just didn't think we had anything left in us, and in saying that, I think that one stretch where we felt like we were getting clobbered in there, and Dee Brown took over. The combination of the two was not a pretty sight."

On the play of Illinois guard Dee Brown...
"You've got to give Dee credit after sitting in the first half. That's probably why he's still the MVP of the league, because he makes plays. We were hurting last night and we tried to walk through some plays. We've got a worn out team right now, so this break couldn't come at a better time."

On his team's performance...
"I was disappointed that we didn't make some plays. We were standing around, and honestly I could come up with a lot of different reasons and excuses, but we're just flat out beat. I did not think we played with the energy we needed to play with. We still hung in there and they had that knockout punch in that three-minute span, and Illinois deserves a lot of credit for that."

Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Opening statement...
"Our bench did a great job, though, and they all held their own. I thought we came out in the second half playing really lethargic, and the game was up-and-down the court with both teams scoring every possession. I told our kids we couldn't go on the road and win games like that. Our relationship with Michigan State makes this a big rivalry, and we talked coming into the game about making a statement. I feel really good about what we did, and this was a great win for us."

On peaking at the right time...
"I hope that's what we're doing. We're shooting the ball a little better, our bench has gotten better, and our inside guys are getting us hoops when we need them."



On the play of Illinois guard Dee Brown...
"When I took Dee Brown out after his second foul, I thought I'd give him a chance to settle down, and then Michigan State went on that little run. I knew I had to get him back in at that point. I think this is a big game for him."


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