Relieved Michigan State fans react to Spartans' tense win over Bradley

Tanya Simon
March 22, 2019

Tom Izzo yelling at Aaron Henry on Thursday was a flashpoint moment, an avatar for everyone on either side of the issue to signal what he or she thinks about that brand of coaching.

Michigan State's players walked toward the bench after a Bradley time out and Izzo felt the need to confront freshman forward Aaron Henry. Cassius Winston ultimately restrained Izzo as he yelled at Henry.

After the game, Izzo explained his reasons for getting after Henry.

One view: Izzo crossed the line of decorum even in a sport where coaching screaming is the norm. They were effort related.

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'I get a kick out of you guys, get after somebody because you are trying to hold them accountable, ' he said. "I don't know what kind of business you're in, but I tell you what, if I was a head of a newspaper, and you didn't do your job, you'd be held accountable". But that's not good enough.

While sitting in a circle with his team, Izzo made a "little lunge" toward Henry before other players again helped calm him down.

"Just responding to it is accepting the coaching and not having a pity-party for yourself and just being a basketball player and go respond", he told the Detroit Free Press. 'It's once every blue moon, I feel like.

Michigan State is set to take on Big Ten rival Minnesota in the Round of 32, and the Golden Gophers were very impressive from beyond the arc in their win over Louisville earlier today. So I have to be better Saturday'.

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