Michigan State coach Tom Izzo refrained from scolding new player Aaron Henry
Legendary basketball coach Tom Izzo was rather hot during the State of Michigan first round victory at the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartan Izzo defeated Bradley 76-65, but it did not sail smoothly against the oppressed Braves.
At the beginning of the second half, the Hall of Fame coach lost when talking with forward forward Aaron Henry after a defensive lapse by young players.
The video from the game shows Izzo storming to court during the time and shouting at Henry. Another coach and guard Cassius Winston quickly stepped in to separate the two, before chewing continuously in the crowd.
While sitting in a circle with his team, Izzo made a “small lunge” towards Henry before the other players helped calm him down.
In comments, former NBA star who turned into announcer Reggie Miller described Henry appearing “a little confused” by the situation before the huddle record was shown and added: “You see a small lunge there by Izzo, and you see players getting between.
Speaking after the match, Izzo explained he was upset with Henry for not returning to defense.
“I did chase him. He did respond. He did make several large buckets. He did some great free throws, but that wasn’t good enough. This one-and-time is complete. My bad guys are outside the window, “he told ESPN.
Henry also seemed unhindered by the lash after the match, saying that he understood where the coach came from.
“Responding to that is receiving training and not having a mercy party for yourself and just being a basketball player and going to respond,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s been a minute since he chewed me, because I’ve never played this badly. I think once every blue moon, I feel like. So I have to be a better Saturday. ”
Others also defended Izzo, including ESPN college basketball expert Seth Greenberg.
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“If you’ve been around Tom Izzo and his players, you will understand the special relationship he has with them. You will understand that they value him, his desires, and he holds them accountable, “Greenberg wrote,
State of Michigan against Minnesota in the second round of the tournament on Saturday.