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Izzo mourns Big Ten title

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08:24 AM ET 03.05 | Sunday provided a somewhat odd scene in East Lansing, where a Big Ten banner went up as Tom Izzo bowed his head. "If championships are something to mourn a little bit, it shows you we're all pointing in the right direction," Izzo said on the court to the crowd. "Get ready for the Big Ten tournament. We're going to go win our championship back." There was slight defiance born of abject disappointment, despite Michigan State's third conference crown in four years. This was a tough one for Izzo and the Spartans, with so many former players in town, with an outright championship at stake. Their defense was ferocious at times but couldn't contain [William Buford's], who finished with 25 points.

The Detroit News

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March 5, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Great game...just a little barn style basketball hope this will make both teams better come NCAA tourny time!

March 5, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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yea Izzy's mourning till he gets his next paycheck.

I wonder if his bonus is based on a outright big 10 championship!

March 5, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Izzo was just out coached in this game.

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March 5, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Go Cyclones!

March 5, 2012  10:05 AM ET

His comments reek of an arrogance that is seldom seen from Big12Ten Coaches; his team just won the Conference Title, no small feat, and he is in 'mourning'??? - way to stay classy Coach Izzo( Jud Heathcoate never talked !@#$ like that). Here's to the Iowa Hawkeyes winning their first round game in the Big12Ten Tourney, next up would be Sparty, and he is due for an **** whoppin'.

March 5, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Go Cyclones!

Where are the Cyclowns going anyways???

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March 5, 2012  12:17 PM ET
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To a big screen tv to watch the Kentucky Wildcats, the best of the best.

Yes even the clones like the Wildcats!

March 5, 2012  12:36 PM ET

Shallow talk from the coach of a team whos record is 7-6 away from home .

March 5, 2012  01:43 PM ET
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Go Cyclones!

Ride RAGBRAI!

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March 5, 2012  06:58 PM ET
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Thanks and warmest regards, O-6. I didn't think the Bucks had it in 'em. Izzo may be talking sour grapes, but Sparty had its down moments this season as well. The B1G hasn't seen any one team that's head and shoulders above the rest in the conference this year. It'll be interesting to see how the B1G tournament plays out in preparation for the Big Dance.

GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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March 6, 2012  07:53 AM ET

From a Wolverine I wanted to thank Ohio for having a small hand in MICHIGAN winning a Big Ten Championship. Izzo should understand we also have a coach who can win games. Quit crying Izzo.

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May 20, 2012  11:10 PM ET

I thought that they would win when they played in Detroit. I mean win it ALL!

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