Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is one of the most accomplished head coaches in the college game. He has 606 career victories, including 52 in the NCAA Tournament. Izzo added to that total during the 2019 NCAA Tournament when the Spartans upset No. 1 overall seed Duke in the Elite Eight, so Izzo joined his players in celebrating in the locker.
Izzo is well liked by his players as they all came to his defense after he was caught yelling at freshman Aaron Henry. While he played a huge part in the upset win over Duke, it was redshirt senior Kenny Goins who hit the game-winning three-pointer with 34.3 seconds remaining. He is the only player on the roster that was on the team the last time Michigan State made the Final Four in 2015.
Check out the wild locker room celebration below.
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Izzo’s in-game coaching changes worked brilliantly as he was able to counter Mike Krzyzewski throughout the game. Michigan State was always in the game, even when the Blue Devils looked like they had taken control of the game. The Spartans’ defensive gameplan on Zion Williamson was effective as they forced the freshman forward into many tough spots throughout the game.
While he did shoot 10-19 from the floor, Williamson also committed five turnovers and took plenty of contested shots over multiple defenders. His teammate RJ Barrett had similar struggles as he had seven turnovers and went 7-17 from the floor.
Izzo’s dance moves could definitely use some work, but the Michigan State head coach is going to his eighth Final Four. The Spartans will be looking to cut down the nets for the first time since 2000, the only title that Izzo has won as a head coach.