Michigan State - 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - 44
 
 
 

 

 
 

Dec. 5, 2012

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo

Opening Statement…
At times we played pretty well, but I did something I said I wasn’t going to do.  Instead of shrinking my playing group, I let my heart get where my head is and played some guys that maybe just weren’t ready to play. I wasn’t pleased with the game at all.  I thought there were moments we moved the ball well, moments we got the ball inside out well, moments we checked well, moments we went to the offensive glass real well, but a lot of moments when what we did was not acceptable at all.  Some of it was the number of guys in the rotation again and that is going to stop.  I thought Keith [Appling] got a little frustrated early because guys can’t catch the ball.  We had 19 turnovers.  We started playing the score instead of the game and that is just not acceptable.  I thought, taking nothing away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, that was in a way one of our worst performances of the year.  I don’t know who I’m more disappointed in-a few guys, or myself.  I’m going to take 99 percent of the blame, vow that I’m going to change it and go from there.

On holding the other team scoreless for 10 minutes in the first half and how much credit he gives the defense…
Some to the defense. We did a pretty good job to be honest with you, but missing good shots and turning the ball over kind of made me not appreciate our defense.  I’ll probably appreciate it more when we watch film.  We had some guys who I though played awfully well and some guys I thought who got frustrated.  It’s a shame because Payne went in the first half and played awfully well, cost himself a double-double.  One of our goals was not allow a second shot on a missed free throw and they got two in a row, costing him double rebounds, which is a goal.  One of the goals is to not turn the ball over and we turned the ball over 19 times.  One of the goals is to get the ball inside more and we didn’t accomplish that goal.  Even though we did some things well, it was just unacceptable. I have no other word to use. 

On the value of seeing a zone for the entire…
That’s a very good point.  We got good enough shots; I have no problem with the shots we got.  I had no problem, at times, with the way we passed the ball.  Brandon Dawson wasn’t aggressive enough in the middle, so he can watch five hours of Day-Day [Draymond Green] film tomorrow and figure out what he has to do in the middle because he has to get more open.  We’re going to do a better job of that.  We did a good enough job of moving the ball and getting open shots, but we just didn’t make some of them.  That was a positive, we got pressed a little bit and we got a chance to play against a zone the whole night and that was decent. 


Arkansas-Pine Bluff head coach George Ivory Quotes

Opening Statement…
I just want to say that Michigan State played a well-rounded basketball game and came out with a lot of intensity. They changed up what we tried to do offensively with their defensive pressure. The way they crashed the boards really hurt us tonight.

On his team not scoring a single point for nearly 10 minutes to open the game…
I thought that we got some shots, we just didn’t make them, but I think a lot had to do with the pressure that Michigan State was putting on us. I thought they did a great job with their defensive pressure.

His assessment of Michigan State’s team…
I thought they’ve got a great team. They’ve got great guards, good inside people and depth. They’re one of the best that we’ve played this year.

On some of his players being from the Detroit area…
It means a lot to come home and get an opportunity to play, especially in a venue like this where you had 14,000 people and they’re right down the road from Detroit. I thought it was great for them to get a chance to come home and see their family and friends.

On not playing a home game until January…
We’ve kind of gotten used to it, because I don’t think we’ve played a home game in the last five years in non-conference.

On playing zone defense versus Michigan State versus man-to-man…
It would have been hard to come out [of the zone defense] because they’re so big and talented inside. I didn’t think we matched up very well to go man-to-man against them with their size and athleticism.