Tom Izzo wasn't happy with his big men following Michigan State's first win of the new year, specifically Joey Hauser.
But the 65-year old also provided context.
The redshirt junior took a two-handed shot to the face on defense when Nebraska's Trey McGowens drove to the basket with 3:02 left before halftime, which came shortly after Hauser converted an and-one thanks to a jumper inside the free-throw line.
Izzo said the 6-foot-9 forward "got a tooth knocked out" on the collision – he sat out the rest of the half with trainer Nick Richey.
Hauser played nine more minutes in the second period but finished with five points on 1-for-4 shooting, six rebounds, and one assist.
During the non-conference schedule, Hauser seemed to have found his footing, posting double-doubles in four of the Spartan's first six games; however, he's scored in single-digits in three of the last four contests and hasn't snagged more than seven boards in a Big Ten game.
"Joey can play better," said Izzo. "He's my big project this week because he's a really good player. He's just been struggling."
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