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Dec. 1, 2007

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Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo

Opening comments...
Well, I can't say I feel like that was a twenty-nine point win. I guess because it wasn't a twenty-nine point win, it was a closer game than the final score. There were definitely some positives, with Travis and Drew and Kalin all getting seven and eight assists. Raymar Morgan was very good and his stats are real good, but his stats are not indicative of how well he played. I would say that this was one of Raymar's best all-around games. We did not rebound the ball very well and got into some foul trouble. We have to play a lot better if we are going to win this week, let's be real about it. I hope our freshmen understand that, because you go on the road to the places we are going, and we won't win a game playing the way we played tonight. So we will take the positives and try to build on them and take the negatives and try to work on them, and see if we can get ready for one of the more treacherous weeks on our schedule.

On the play of senior guard Drew Neitzel...
If everybody wants to know if he can be a point guard, he can be. I have been disappointed with us and Drew. This time, he did a great job tonight. He missed a couple shots that I think he normally makes, but we just did not get him some shots tonight. We have to get Drew six, seven, or eight more shots a game minimum. We have to get him more in the flow of things. To his credit, he did throw some great passes and only had one turnover. He is becoming a playmaker more and more, but we need him more and more as a scorer and playmaker.

On going with veteran starting line-ups...
I want to make it permanent because Travis is doing more things. Kalin has to talk more and communicate more, and I was saddled with the fact that I had three freshmen in there together and they are just not ready for that yet. It's not their fault all the time, it's just defensive stuff that they don't understand yet. What we do offensively, they do understand. I am not sure what I am going to do with that yet and it depends on how hard guys work. Travis is comfortable doing either one, really. It is a matter of who is playing at the end, not who is playing at the beginning. There are reasons that you have to do things for the benefit of the team and I am just not sure what I am going to do on that yet.

On the significance of a big victory without production from Neitzel...
He just has not gotten enough shots and some of that was his unselfishness early. We are not getting him enough shots, and some of that is our problem. But when you have Drew not have a big game and Suton not even there again, it says a lot about your team that you have enough weapons to score eighty points and win games.

On the balanced scoring attack...
Well, that's not really the way we are going to play. We are not going to play twelve guys. So, I don't really look at that as what we need to do.

Jacksonville Head Coach Cliff Warren

On his team's overall play...
I was very proud of the way our guys played for about 25 or 30 minutes.

On Jacksonville's rebounding...
I was extremely encouraged to get to halftime up 18-13 in rebounds. Up until the last four minutes of the game, I think we were leading in rebounds. One of our points of emphasis was that we had to make sure that we would go to the glass, box out, and play as physical as we can because we know Michigan State is a very physical basketball team.

On Michigan State's ability to score fast-break points...
We talked about that before the game; we talked about that at halftime. They did an excellent job of getting out in transition and getting some easy baskets. Unfortunately for us, we were trying to make some shots and get into our press to slow them down, but we didn't make enough shots in the second half to do that.




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