Tom Izzo celebrates win no. 400 with his team at the press conference. Courtesy of Mlive
“I’m pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State,”
“I am going to be a lifer,”
“This is what I’m going to be. And I’m damn proud of it.”
Those were the words Tom Izzo said during his press conference two summers ago. Those words made the statement that Tom Izzo would be a Spartan for life after the NBA has continuously tried to sweep Izzo off his feet.
Tom Izzo made another statement last night, but he didn’t speak it.
Izzo claimed victory no. 400 against Minnesota at the Breslin Center on Wednesday night. The win means much more than Michigan State improving to 17-4 and moving into a first place tie for the Big Ten.
The No. 16. Michigan State Spartans (12-2, 1-0) welcomed previously undefeated No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers (12-1, 0-1) to the Breslin Center Wednesday night to open up Big Ten Conference play.
The Spartans came into the game streaking, winning 11-straight games, while the Hoosiers had a streak of 12 wins of their own. The theme of streaking continued into the Big Ten battle.
Michigan State came out of the gates with more energy seen in the Breslin Center than over a year.
The student section, called the “Izzone,” was compiled of MSU alumni due to the fact that students were still on Christmas break.
The older, yet rowdy crowd, helped the Spartans build an 18 point first half lead. It was 34-16 before Indiana went on a streak of it’s own to end the first half.
The Hoosiers extended their streak to 20-2 in the beginning of the second half. The team climbed back to take the lead thanks to forward Christian Watford, who scored 26 points. Midway through the second half the Hoosiers led by as many as 9 points before Tom Izzo rallied his players to end the game with yet another streak.