January 28, 2013

Hoop Feed: Going from good to great

Izzo: 'We Have To Value The Ball'

EAST LANSING - Now that Michigan State has lost a game for the first time in four weeks, the Spartans seem to have gained some respect, nationally and internally.

Nationally, the Spartans moved up from No. 11 to No. 9 in the USA Today coaches poll, after losing at Indiana 75-70 on Sunday. The Spartans remained at No. 13 in the Associated Press poll.

Perhaps more telling, the Spartans are rising in the Tom Izzo index.

"I told the guys after the game that we were a better 17-4 team than we were a 17-3 team," Izzo said during his weekly press conference on Monday at Breslin Center.

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