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Tom Izzo Quotes

Tom Izzo
I think Ohio State deserves a lot of credit. The last four minutes of the game, they played extremely well. I didn't think I'd have to go with a four-guard lineup as much as we did.
Tom Izzo
#Credit

Tom Izzo
I'm not sure how many people would have picked us to win either road game. We played at the two toughest road places.
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#People

Tom Izzo
It reminds you of the NBA draft. If you play well at the end of the year one time, the other 30 games don't matter. There are times we could be a five, six, seven or an eight team. It just depends.
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#Nba

Tom Izzo
I did not feel that we were in sync. I think you have to give Illinois some credit for that but I also think you have to give us some blame.
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#Credit

Tom Izzo
It will be good to be home, and we have to find a way to get back to what we've done. It's not like we have to reinvent the wheel, but we just have to get back to playing the offensive basketball we've been playing instead of the standing around that we've been doing [lately].
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#Home

Tom Izzo
I told them in the huddle that we played Gonzaga and Arizona — we played all those overtime games and we've earned the right to win the game. They looked back at me and said, 'Damn right we did.
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#Games

Tom Izzo
It was good for him to get a little confidence, get some shots up, get a little playing time in.
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#Confidence

Tom Izzo
We really didn't shoot very well. We just missed. In that first half, we were just throwing balls at the basket.
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#Balls

Tom Izzo
I'm happy that the league is looking better and better. We're making progress as a conference, and making progress as a team, but we're still a work in progress and we've got a lot of work to do.
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#Progress

Tom Izzo
Illinois and Michigan State are both going to play pretty good defense. They're playing a little better than we are defensively right now, and I guarantee you both teams are going to run.
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#Defense

Tom Izzo
I think it's really important, for two reasons. No. 1, for the games themselves, and No. 2, so that we don't get a false sense of where we are.
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#Games

Tom Izzo
Hey, this was a Dee Brown night. And he won the Heisman.
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#Night

Tom Izzo
We played Gonzaga, we played Arizona, we played all these overtime games, and I told (my team during a late-game huddle ) I thought we've earned the right to win this game. I felt, looking at them in the eye, that they were looking back at me saying, 'Damn right we do, and we're going to get it done.' And that was encouraging.
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#Games

Tom Izzo
This is a very, very good basketball team. And it was a big win because we had to win it the defensive way.
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#Basketball

Tom Izzo
I love the way Maurice handled himself as far as encouraging guys; he was awesome in the huddles. He's probably the most even-keel guy on our team.
Tom Izzo
#Love

Tom Izzo
Before Christmas I thought he was hitting a little bit of a wall, but after Christmas I thought he really started to understand things a little bit better and run things a little bit better. And his shot is getting a little bit better.
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#Christmas

Tom Izzo
I don't think there's any question that was our best performance of the year, against a really good team. That was our best basketball in a couple of years.
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#Performance

Tom Izzo
We played well in spurts and I thought we hurt them with our transition game. We weren't rebounding well enough to get any breaks going in the first half. Rebounding is our Achilles' heel right now.
Tom Izzo
#Hurt

Tom Izzo
It was a game that slipped away. Give credit to them, they deserved to win.
Tom Izzo
#Credit

Tom Izzo
It was a game that slipped away. Give credit to them, they deserved to win it. It was just too bad, because I think we played well enough in a lot of ways to win the game.
Tom Izzo
#Credit

Tom Izzo
No doubt our guards struggled. We made some big plays, and then we made some not-so-smart plays. It was a shame, because Paul Davis had two of the best practices of his life, and he just struggled tonight to even catch the ball.
Tom Izzo
#Doubt

Tom Izzo
We just weren't in sync half the night, with guys out in foul trouble. It got to the point they were afraid to drive, afraid to do anything.
Tom Izzo
#Night

Tom Izzo
That was our best basketball game in maybe a couple years. This was close to a perfect game.
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#Basketball

Tom Izzo
He has that ability to raise a crowd off its feet. He's done a good job for them bringing that alone. ... You always have to be a little more concerned about a lob they might throw into the rafters that he can go get. That makes it more difficult.
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#Ability

Tom Izzo
He was probably rated higher than some guys we signed in basketball.
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#Basketball

Tom Izzo
He is a product of staying four years. He is having an incredible senior year. He's under control more. He deserves a ton of credit for changing his game. I hardly see him forcing his shot anymore. I think he's more of a team guy this year. I think that's one of the reasons they're better.
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#Control

Tom Izzo
He's one of the more improved players in the league. I loved him as a freshman. Now he's putting the ball on the floor and shooting threes. He's a tough cover because he grew up an inside four-man and is starting to be a three man. He can do both.
Tom Izzo
#Freshman

Tom Izzo
We still played good defense and pretty good offense. We shot 50%, 40-something from three.
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#Defense

Tom Izzo
It was pretty good after the game ? swelled up a hair. We didn't practice yesterday just for that reason.
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#Practice

Tom Izzo
Shannon Brown does have a knack for rising to the occasion in big games. He kind of thrives on the pressure. When I told him he had to take over a little bit, he did it in such a controlled way - even with that dunk he had, one of the best I've ever seen here.
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#Games