Northwestern basketball upset Iowa tonight, setting up a date with Tom Izzo and Michigan State in the next round of the Big Ten Tournament. It's difficult to beat the same team three times in a single season, as the very shopworn cliche goes. MSU beat NU by double digits twice this season. However, Iowa beat Northwestern basketball twice, by 26 points each time, and they were still upset by the Wildcats in Indianapolis.
NU is now 3-0 in the state of Indiana. And on day one of the Big Ten Tournament, teams from the state of Illinois represented; while teams from other states that start with the letter "I" were sent packing from the Big Ten Tourney.
Iowa basketball had beaten Northwestern basketball five in a row heading into this one. Now the Hawkeyes have lost seven of their last eight overall; the only win over very hapless Purdue...
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo is the dean of Big Ten head coaches. As the longest tenured and most accomplished leader in the league he can get away with saying very interesting things during his press conferences. Most players and coaches cannot. They play it vanilla and stay safe most of the time. Tom Izzo has done so much for MSU that even if he decides to rock the boat a little, he'll be fine.
Last night, Izzo's Spartans won 54-40 at Northwestern and after the game Tom Izzo praised NU's rookie head coach Chris Collins
; who's very media savvy in his own way...
The firing of Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was a hot topic today at the Big Ten Tournament. And various Big Ten coaches expressed their support of Carmody and how sad and disappointed they were that he was dismissed. Ohio State's Thad Matta and Michigan State's Tom Izzo were especially supportive and opinionated in their responses.
The Big Ten coaching cadre is a fraternity, a brotherhood, and in the strongest conference in the nation Big Ten coaches showed that they have each other's back today...
Editor’s note: this interview is being re-run from 11-1-11. In honor of the Big Ten Tournament hitting Chicago in just 8 days (the banners are already up downtown) and the explosive growth of Twitter since then, the issues this interview raises are more relevant than ever.
Like last year’s Big Ten media
day, the discussion of Twitter and various social media
with Michigan State
coach Tom Izzo
is enlightening and informative. At 2010 conference college basketball media
day, the discussion went on for so long (and all of it was enthralling and productive) that it would make for the greatest Spartans podcast
But before we get to Izzo’s Twitter opining this fall, I invited you check out what the Golden Gophers Tubby Smith had to say
. Also, the Hoosiers
’ Tom Crean had a great soundbite