Though the Michigan State Spartans are on their way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in four years, it wasn’t without some notable controversy. Head coach Tom Izzo had to be restrained on two separate occasions after voicing his frustrations with freshman player Aaron Henry during the Spartans’ opening round matchup again Bradley.
ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt decided to take some time and offer his thoughts on the controversy – or unnecessary controversy.
Do you agree?
Highlights from Michigan State’s victory over Minnesota
For the first time in four years, the Michigan State Spartans have advanced to the Sweet 16!
Their 70-50 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Des Moines, Iowa sealed their trip to Washington D.C. for the Sweet 16/Elite 8 for a matchup against LSU on Friday, March 29. Tip-off time has yet to be scheduled.
The Spartans were led in scoring by Xavier Tillman with 14 points, while Cassius Winston added 13 points. Four players scored 9 apiece. Check out some of the top highlights from the win!
Aaron Henry’s comments on being berated by Michigan State’s Tom Izzo are perfection
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was not happy on Thursday during his No. 2 Spartans 11 point win over No. 15 Bradley.
This was obvious by Izzo’s actions toward Aaron Henry. On two separate occasions, Izzo had to be held back by Spartans’ players as he tried to get in the face of Henry.
Anyone who has followed Izzo knows this is nothing new and that he had been challenging his players like this for many years.
Following the game, Henry was asked about getting yelled at by Izzo and his answer was perfect.
From the MSU locker room, Aaron Henry sure didn't have a problem getting yelled at by Tom Izzo: "It's nothing new, it's just responding to it, accepting the coaching, not having a pity party for yourself, just being a basketball player and go respond."
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) March 21, 2019
Tom Izzo is a great coach who has always tried to get the most out of his players. Sometimes that means getting fired up and yelling at them.
Deal with it.