Michigan State coach Tom Izzo solutions questions after the 98-66 win over North Florida on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Breslin Center. Video by Chris Solari/DFP
Miles Bridges and Michigan State misplaced final yr at Duke, 78-69.(Photo: Mark Dolejs / USA TODAY Sports)
EAST LANSING – The final time Michigan State sat because the nation’s second-ranked staff and went up in opposition to No. 1, the Spartans beat Kentucky within the 2013 Champions Clbadic.
The final time Tom Izzo’s Spartans confronted Mike Krzyzewski, a yr in the past at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke pressured a younger MSU staff right into a bevy of turnovers that changed into a game-changing barrage.
Consistency of a pillar of Izzo’s program. The subsequent step, the Hall of Fame coach mentioned Wednesday, is to beat high groups extra repeatedly.
“I think that’s just another step in the millions of things I have yet to accomplish, that we have to accomplish here, is figuring out how to win, knowing how to win and then translating that into game after game after game,” Izzo mentioned Monday. “And let’s face it, (the Blue Devils) have performed a greater job of it than we now have.”
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The Spartans (1-Zero) have nationwide championship aspirations and get an opportunity to show themselves on a nationwide stage Tuesday in one of the vital anticipated video games of the faculty basketball common season. They face Duke at 7 p.m. within the Champions Clbadic at United Center in Chicago (TV: ESPN).
It’s simply the 42nd time the highest two groups within the nation have performed one another, based on collegepollarchive.com. MSU is 1-1 in these matchups, beating Kentucky 4 years in the past and dropping to Duke within the 1999 Final Four.
“Our mindset is after all to win,” sophomore ahead Miles Bridges mentioned Friday after the Spartans opened with a 98-66 win over North Florida. “We want to do anything in our power to prepare for Duke.”
Izzo, who’s 1-10 in opposition to Kryzyzewski in his profession, has tried to sample his MSU program after the Duke program Krzyzewski constructed at Duke over the previous 38 years.
“I think his place in college basketball is well-chronicled. And I’m glad,” Izzo mentioned. “I hope he keeps winning other than (Tuesday) night, because I think for me it just gives me more motivation on what the best have done just on things I’d like to accomplish here before I’m done.”
Krzyzewski on Saturday instructed reporters after successful his 1,000th recreation at Duke, a 99-69 win over Elon, the Champions Clbadic badembly with MSU is “a big-time game for us.”
“They’re old and new,” Krzyzewski mentioned of MSU. “They had good outdated, actually good outdated, and good new. And the man teaching them, he’s older – not as outdated as me, however he’s fairly good.
“It’ll be a hell of an evening.”
Michigan State guards Cbadius Winston and Tum Tum Nairn fielded questions from the media on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in East Lansing. Video by Chris Solari/DFP
A yr in the past, a younger and injury-limited MSU squad caught with the Blue Devils till the 6-minute mark of the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke then went on an 11-Zero run that took a little bit greater than 2 minutes, and it pressured 10 turnovers that led to 15 factors. The Blue Devils pulled away for a 78-69 victory.
“This isn’t about trying to play well, this is about trying to win games,” Izzo mentioned Monday. “And I do think we grew up a lot in that game (last year), considering the travel and what we went through last year. We went down and competed very well for probably 35 minutes of that game. That’s what Duke’s pretty good at.”
Against Kentucky in final yr’s Champions Clbadic, the Spartans wilted beneath the highlight of Madison Square Garden and obtained blown out by the Wildcats, 69-48. MSU is Three-Three within the occasion, which additionally consists of the Kentucky vs. Kansas within the late recreation.
“That experience last year (against Kentucky) humbled everybody,” Izzo mentioned. “It was a great expertise – one of many few occasions, perhaps the one time on this seven video games that we have been blown out. … It was a blowout recreation as a result of I don’t badume we have been prepared for that stage. It was one of many few occasions that I can say that.
“I feel we’re prepared for the stage (in opposition to Duke), however we gotta play a staff that’s awfully gifted and well-coached.”
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