Izzo Michigan St.'s Self-Effacing Genius

Izzo Michigan St.'s Self-Effacing Genius

Tom Izzo was standing by the Michigan State team bus at the Schottenstein Center, downplaying another brilliant game plan in a career full of them.

“It wasn’t anything Einstonian,” he said with a shrug.

Yeah, well, Einstein – or Einstone, in the Izzo nomenclature – couldn’t defend the pick-and-roll. So it’s all relative. Ahem.

Fact is, Izzo approaches genius level when it comes to devising a plan for a big game. It has helped carry him to one national title and six Final Four appearances. The latest evidence is Michigan State’s surprisingly authoritative 58-48 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night.

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