Michigan State will get to play a team that it crushed only a few months ago, but remember fans, this is the Big Ten tournament.
Tom Izzo swears he does not take the Big Ten tournament off and that theory will be tested Friday at noon when the No. 1-seeded Spartans take on Iowa, a team they beat 95-61 back on Jan. 10.
It was so bad, Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery nearly reenacted Bob Knight with one of the chairs on his bench.
“They shot the lights out, but the other thing they did was they beat us up,” McCaffery said. “They really took us out of what we wanted to do. So it was a combination of both. It was an incredibly concentrated effort at both ends of the floor. That’s why it was a 30-point game.”
But Iowa is a better team now, and it show after they beat Illinois on Thursday.
If there is any doubt about MSU wanting to win the Big Ten tournament, senior Draymond Green put that to rest.
“(It’s) something that we haven’t been able to accomplish in 11 years, so you want to be that team to break that drought and leave a footprint in the sand,” Green said.
No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Iowa
- Time: Noon ET
- TV: ESPN
- Line: Spartans by 11