Men’s head basketball coach Tom Izzo spoke to the media after practice Friday afternoon to discuss Sunday’s game against Indiana and the quick turnaround after Thursday’s win Rueger.
Freshman forward Jaxon Kohler had his best game of his young career in Michigan State’s 70-57 win over Rutgers. He earned his first college double-double and finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds while playing a career-high 23 minutes. With junior center Mady Sissoko and freshman center Carson Cooper also showing strong performances, MSU could finally develop a solid rotation big.
“Jaxon was encouraging last night, but Carson was encouraging,” Izzo said. “I think what’s cool is that we’re probably going to need everyonehere.”
Izzo had no update on senior forward Malik Hall’s health. He no longer wears the shoe but the team chose to introduce him to things rather than rProgress.
“He has to do some things to see if it bothers him, the difficult part is that it will bother him,” Izzo said. “I feel good that the doctor feels it’s good shape.”
This Sunday afternoon, MSU heads to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers. It’s another quick turnaround for the Spartans, who recently played against a top-25 conference opponent Thursday.
“We should know it like the back of our hand — the problem is, it drains you if you keep going,” Iz saidsaid zo.
To counteract any possible fatigue from such a quick turnaround, Izzo and the coaching staff gave the team a little restagain than usual.
“We didn’t have a live walkthrough, it was just deader than a doornail. The guys were great, but we didn’t have a long filming session,” Izzo said. “A football coach once told me that a healthy guy who isn’t as well prepared is better than a well prepared guyThat is not healthy.”
After a rocky start to the season, Indiana seems to have figured things out a bit. The Hoosiers have beaten Solid twice in a row Big Ten opponents.
The most recent win was an impressive 80-65 road rivalry win over Illinois. In that win, Indiana’s senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis dominated and scored 35 points. He’s one of the main concerns for Izzo on Sunday‘s matchup.
“He’s got sick athletics in terms of blocking shots, catching rebounds, turning, finishing and running the court,” Izzo said. “Elite for a fellow of his size.”
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