Michigan State’s Tom Izzo named Best B1G Coach of the Decade

McLain Moberg

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has been named the best coach of the decade by Big Ten Network and a panel of their experts on Thursday.

Izzo was picked over former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, Purdue coach Matt Painter, former Ohio State coach Thad Matta, and former Michigan coach John Beilein.

The Spartans won 27 games in eight out of ten seasons within this decade, never missing an NCAA Tournament.

Izzo is many things, and according to John Beilein, his brilliance lies within his ability to remain consistent.

“Having consistency in your program is so hard. The best coaches cannot do it, and somehow Tom has found a way to do that. He’s always found a way to have his team in the hunt for - forget about the NCAA Tournament - they’re in it every year, but in the hunt for the Big Ten Championship,” said Beilein.

Michigan State won four Big Ten regular-season titles, four Big Ten Tournament titles, and found themselves in three Final Fours.

“I’m greatly humbled and appreciative because I know how many good coaches there are. There hasn’t been many of them that have been around as long as I have … It makes me feel good, makes me feel like I’ve had a lot of good players. I think I helped some of them,” Izzo said to BTN. “I think a lot of them helped me, and that's why I got this great award."

The Spartans featured three players on BTN’s All-Decade first and second teams, including Draymond Green, Denzel Valentine, and Cassius Winston.

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Love our Coach Izzo, one of the greatest ever (besides Jud H.) so happy for him and he really deserves this honor.