October 1, 2007

Dantonio sees plenty of positives in loss to Wisconsin

EAST LANSING - Build on the positives and look forward to the next game. That was the bottom line of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's press conference Monday morning at Spartan Stadium.

While the Spartans came up three points short at No. 5 ranked Wisconsin, the team did prove that it could compete against the best teams in the Big Ten and compete against them on the road.

"We went up there mentally prepared," Dantonio said. "I thought the message was that we needed to have some proof in terms of what we were going to be to accomplish. This was going to be a big statement game, a big measuring stick for us. Just in terms of can we compete against the top teams in the conference and in an away environment that I always thought was difficult to play in."

Dantonio felt that his team handled the raucous environment well and competed head to head with one of the best teams in the Big Ten and a team that is ranked in the top five in the nation.

"From that perspective I guess the positives that we took away from that was that we were prepared mentally," Dantonio said, "We went up there with a challenge in mind and I thought we were focused. I thought we played very well emotionally in a game that up and down and around and back and forth. We were down by 10 and fought back and continued to play. We fought back, we continued to stay together, we kept our composure. I think those are the positives."

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