Tom Izzo is not happy with part of the Michigan State fan base.
Speaking at a press conference in the lead up to the Spartans’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Bucknell, Izzo said he has been “disappointed” with some fans. In Izzo’s opinion, a portion of fans have been too harsh on Spartans’ players despite the team’s 29-4 record and Big Ten regular season title.
“I’m disappointed in some of our fans because I think they’ve gone after our players,” Izzo said Tuesday, according to Kyle Austin of MLive. “We’re 29-4, and I’m not going to apologize for being 29-4.”
Izzo: “I’m disappointed in some of our fans because I think they’ve gone after our players. We’re 29-4, and I’m not going to apologize for being 29-4.”
— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) March 13, 2018
Some of the frustration from Michigan State fans undoubtedly comes because half of the Spartans’ losses this season came against Michigan, including a loss in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
Izzo and his team are now trying to avoid letdown in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans face Bucknell on Friday in an intriguing first-round matchup. The Bison enter the big dance with a 25-9 record and deep roster out of the Patriot League.
Izzo said Bucknell is "as experienced if a team that we'll play. More like Purdue, only they have more depth than Purdue."
— Casey Harrison (@Casey_Harrison1) March 13, 2018
Michigan State is looking to get back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three years. And even as a No. 3 seed in a region that also has Duke and Kansas, Michigan State is being looked at as one of the favorites to win the national championship.
Izzo on experts picking MSU to win it all: "God, I hope they're right."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) March 13, 2018