What Tom Izzo said after Michigan State basketball’s loss to Michigan

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What Tom Izzo said after Michigan State basketball’s loss to Michigan

Michigan State basketball suffered its third loss of the season on Saturday, as the Spartans fell to Michigan, 82-72, at home.

The loss to Michigan marks the second loss in six days for the No. 4 Spartans, who now hold a record of 16-3.

Here’s what Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had to say after his team’s loss.

On the defense, especially on Moe Wagner:

“We can get the Nick Ward controversy out of our minds. It was not Nick’s fault. It was our guards. Our guards did not get over those screens.”

On the offensive performance:

“When you take Nick out of there, we’re not as good offensively out there. … We shot around 50 percent for the game. We just didn’t get enough shots up because we were turning the ball over.”

On surprise factor:

“I just thought we did some things that surprised me. I didn’t think we’d turn it over like that. … It was a little bit like last year: When we put our point guard and our center in a ball screen, it just wasn’t as good.”

On point guard play:

“We didn’t do a very good job at the end. Let’s face it: Our point guards struggled. And as the head goes, the body goes.”

On defending ball screens:

“I’m not worried about quicker guards. I’m worried about someone gritting their teeth and getting the job done.”

On getting out in transition:

“I’ve got to do a better job. We got Cassius some shots on offense, which was good, but I thought we were nonexistent on our break.”

On Moe Wagner:

“There’s gonna be some ebbs and flows this season. I was disappointed to play this way against our rivals and see Wagner celebrate on our floor, but he earned it. He’s Scott Skiles. He talked it, he walked it.”

On last two losses:

“It’s a marathon. We’ve run into two teams that a really good. … We’ve had to become more physical. It’s where youth sometimes gets us.”

On moving forward:

“We’re gonna get ready for Indiana. This will hurt for a day or two because it is a big game to me. I’m going to address a few guys on a grit that you have to have to play in the Big Ten. And I don’t mean when you’re playing to win games. I mean when you’re playing to win big games.”

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