If I could describe Tom Izzo in one word, I would use the word: OVERRATED. After Michigan State’s third loss in a row to unranked teams, Tom Izzo’s ass is now firmly in the jackpot.
Tom Izzo is no stranger to these ridiculously terrible stretches of basketball. Not only has he had multiple winless stretches, Izzo has not won a national title since 2000. Michigan State has become the Cincinnati Bengals in terms of enabling mediocrity.
It has been 19 years since Michigan State has hung a championship banner from the rafters. This guy is supposed to be one of the best coaches in America? He has only had one Final Four since 2010. Not exactly what anyone would call a “blue blood” program. “But..but..but he’s done so well in the Big 10.” No one cares; go have a seat over there with Kansas, because Bill Self isn’t far behind.
These last three games have been embarrassing. The first game of the losing streak was against Purdue. Lost by double digits. Game 2 was against Indiana. Lost in overtime at home. The last game was against Illinois. I’m pretty sure the song “No Scrubs” was written in reference to this team. Somehow Izzo could not figure out how to penetrate the mighty mighty Illini defense. Michigan State could not even get the ball inside the 3-point arc during their final possession.
Every coach has their thing. Calipari has his recruiting, Pitino has his defense, Coach K has the ability to rally his team around his convenient medical issues, Bob Knight tosses chairs, Bob Huggins has his jumpsuits; what does Tom Izzo have? Oh yeah, the uncanny ability to win one championship 19 years ago and coast that into retirement.
Tom Izzo is the O.G. Bill Self. Doing the bare minimum every year to keep his job. They do have more than just that in common; neither of them coach the best school in their state anymore.
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