In between the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament this season, there was a near two-week gap for the Big Ten teams that would make the tournament and play for a National Championship.
While this time off was likely used to practice and hone in on plays and defensive schemes, it also allowed the teams to have some fun. That’s exactly what Michigan State did, as the Spartans went to see Hamilton on Broadway during their time in New York City for the conference tournament, according to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
Izzo recently joined the AP Sports Special Events series on PodcastOne SportsNet, and he said that he was amazed by how much his players loved the musical. In fact, Izzo even said that his players were signing songs from the musical on the bus after.
Here’s what Izzo said on the podcast:
“What I enjoyed most about it is nobody complained, everybody was excited, and when we were riding back on the bus and they started singing some of the songs from it, I said, ‘Wow, we must have done something that hit home,’ because they were all into it. There’s not many times when you can go to an event when you have so many different cultures on your team and different guys from different areas. This was one where everybody enjoyed it the same way. That was pretty cool.”
Michigan State didn’t let the short break prevent them from taking care of business in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, as the Spartans defeated Bucknell, 82-78. Michigan State will play its next game on Sunday against Syracuse at 2:40 p.m. ET on CBS.