The Michigan State Spartans are looking to get back to the Final Four in the 2015-16 season after making it as a seven seed in 2015. The team took a trip over to Italy to prepare for their upcoming season and they took on the Russian national team on Friday and it didn’t go so well for them.
The Russian national team came out of the game victorious, winning 93-75.
Spartans’ head coach Tom Izzo wasn’t too upset with the loss as he felt like their head coach had a large maturity advantage over his college players.
“That was a boys versus men game tonight and not that it shouldn’t have been, either,” Izzo said, via the Michigan State athletic site. “They are 25 to 35 years old, and I thought one of the more physical European teams that I have seen. I thought that was good for us. We did some good things, but we did more poor things as far as how we guarded.”
Russia is currently ranked number six in the FIBA World Rankings and are trying to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The Spartans close out their four game trip with match-ups against the Italian and Georgian national teams.
The team has been playing its trip without transfer Eron Harris, who was suspended for the trip along with Alvin Ellis. The team won its first game over Florentina, 98-54, behind 18 points from Bryn Forbes.
The Spartans open the 2015-16 season on November 17 when they host Kansas.
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