Michigan State Spartans head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo had another great season in the 2014-15 campaign, ultimately losing to Duke in the Final Four, but he is still not satisfied with how the year ended. Per Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News, Izzo is sick and tired of getting so close to a national championship, only to come up short.
Izzo more on Final Four no longer the goal: "I'm sick of getting there and losing … you gotta finish the job."
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) October 20, 2015
Izzo’s Spartans went 27-12 (12-6 Big Ten) last season and made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed, ultimately losing to No. 1 Duke in the Final Four. Izzo won a title with the team in 2000 and is 495-199 (233-107 Big Ten) in 20 seasons as head coach. He has won four Big Ten titles and has led Michigan State to the Final Four a total of seven times, but only gotten past it twice.
Thus, it’s perfectly reasonable that Izzo would be frustrated at not advancing to the next level, coming so close to a national championship only to fall short. He isn’t getting any younger at 60 years old, so he clearly just wants another title on his resumé, though Michigan State would never cut him loose due to lack of championships.
Hopefully, with plenty of talent returning this season, Michigan State can take it to the next level and get past the Final Four.
The Spartans open the season at home against Conference USA’s Florida Atlantic Owls on November 13.
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