Notes from post game
The No. 9 MSU locker room was dead quiet following the 60-59 loss to No. 20 Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Most players had their heads in their laps while taken the loss very poorly.
Head coach Tom Izzo didn’t seem to upset with his team’s performance and took a lot of heat himself, especially in saying he didn’t properly handle the playing rotation.
There were a lot of mixed messages in the postgame interviews. Izzo had indicated senior guard Austin Thornton was sick with the stomach flu and had thrown up in the first half.
Thornton said in the locker room the last time he’d thrown up was following breakfast Tuesday morning.
Junior center Derrick Nix led the Spartan scorers with 13 points. Following a six-point streak, Izzo took him out of the game. Izzo said he didn’t want to take Nix out, but he had to because Nix asked to be subbed out. Nix said he wanted to keep playing and denied wanting out of the game.
Izzo on the game:
“I thought it was a strange basketball game the whole way. We gave them a 10-point lead, we just didn’t check anybody. I thought our young guys looked, young. I thought the inexperience hurt us. I had to play Keith Appling so much that by the end he was walking on his knees and he’s been one of my best players and he struggled tonight and that was probably more my fault then his. I thought Michigan came out with a different lineup probably helped them a bit. All that being said, when you’re on the road at your rival and when you find a way to come back, go ahead by five and a chance to win the damn thing and don’t do it at the end, that was very disappointing.”
Nix said he hurt bad after the loss:
“This loss hurt. I felt like I just got broke up with or cheated on. I just don’t know how to feel. I felt like we had the game won and a few bad plays turned the game around.”