News and Notes from Spartan Basketball 11/18/10 Edition

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News and Notes from Spartan Basketball 11/18/10 Edition

 

  • HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumble was in town today. They are doing a story on Izzo for the March 16th show. I actually like the show and how they go in depth on stories. Make sure you mark your calendar to watch.
  • Izzo is learning this team. He mentioned that the biggest thing he has learned about his team is how well they pay attention to the scouting reports. That speaks to the basketball IQ of his guys.
  • The only weakness Izzo could find on his team after beating Illinois and Minnesota last week was the, “Lack of energy to start both games.” His guys are coming in ready, but it is the mixture of discipline and emotion he is looking for.
  • With the road looking smooth to another Big Ten title, Izzo is concerned about, “Complacency.” He will look for ways to create drama and friction. Just remember that when it happens. Just like some made a lot more out of Kalin being kicked out.
  • With the way the Spartans dismantled and frankly embarrassed Iowa at Iowa last week, Izzo said, “The maturity and leadership issues of this team will be proven against Iowa.”
  • Izzo declared to day that he believes four or five league losses will win the Big Ten title this season. Please read about creating drama above.
  • Izzo was genuinely inquisitive about the issues the Boilermakers are facing. He said as much, “Who knows what Purdue is going through.”
  • Although Izzo is much to savvy to say what he thinks on the record, I do believe he gave us insight into who he thinks is going to be his biggest competition. “Purdue is coming back, but Ohio State is already there.
  • That insight on Ohio State should make director of basketball operation Kevin Pauga excited. KP said to anyone that would listen before the season every started how good and dangerous he thought Ohio State would be.
  • After Saturday’s game and sometime before today, Izzo brought Kalin, Durrell and Korie in his office. He thinks the three of them have to start helping each other out more.
  • Travis Walton should know today if he is going back to Europe. I am going to talk to him late tonight so stay tuned on Tuesday. If he doesn’t he is going to take his last internship so he can finish his degree and Izzo wants to, “Add him as a student assistant.”
  • Izzo had an interesting take on his team’s defense. “They are ahead of where I thought they would be now, but behind where they can be.” Remember the drama quote above. You got to love Izzo, but he knows how special this season can be and he can’ let them get fat and sassy. He admitted that he didn’t think they were, but he will guard it.
  • Remember the drama? Izzo doesn’t want his guys thinking about what they did to Iowa at Iowa. He wants them to smell the proverbial blood in the water of a Big Ten title and go after it. He said, “I want them to remember we won the game, but we didn’t play very well.” “We know their record.”
  • Izzo is making the Iowa game as much about them as Iowa. That is one of the 8,795 reasons he is a great coach. I don't care if you watched the last game on TV or not. Iowa quit from the coaches on down and that program is in a free fall. Izzo remembers losses to NW and PSU last year at the Breslin and he is motivating his guys to, "Beat themselves."
  • Look for Draymond Green to stay as the sixth man.  Izzo said it best, “It ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
  • Izzo also said he would be, “Shocked” if Draymond actually wanted to start.
  • Raymar Morgan came off the bench against Illinois (I think he should stay in that role) and Izzo said he would talk with Morgan about it today. He hadn’t after practice, but I did with Raymar and he truly doesn’t care. With him and Draymond off the bench this is a much better team.
  • Izzo mentioned that in evaluating what he will do with Raymar he had to check his, “Mentality.” That still concerns me.
  • To start the season Izzo wanted about 25 minutes out of Nix, Herzog and Sherman. He now wants the same minutes, but not with Herzog. He said that he wants those minutes between the two of them.
  • Delvon Roe’s wrist is doing fine. He is a tough kid and his smile and spirit are contagious.
  • I have some amazing video I am going to put up of Kalin Lucas after practice putting on a 3 point shooting clinic. AMAZING.