March 18, 2012

Izzo: 'That was a fistfight'

COLUMBUS - Saint Louis did a masterful job of dictating the tempo in its Third Round game against Michigan State, but the Spartans survived to advance to the Sweet 16 largely because of the leadership and clutch scoring of senior captain Draymond Green.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo did not much of what he saw during parts of the 65-61 victory. But the Spartan head coach believes his team's third round game against the Billikens provided an excellent opportunity for growth.

"We had to learn some things today guys," said Izzo who has guided the Spartans to the Sweet 16 on ten separate occasions during the past 15 years. "We did not do the things that we needed to do. At the end were switching five and we just didn't do it. Maybe that was poor coaching because we haven't practiced it much. We figured he had some veteran guys in there at times. We didn't handle ourselves well at times. We lost our composure a couple of times. I do think it is good now that it is over because I do think that it is good now that it is over. It is all part of growing up."

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