Michigan State has talent to win it all, but will it have temperament?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:20:11 PM. It's not often that Michigan State has the roster to go toe-to-toe with Duke, which left Tom Izzo despondent after yet another loss.
It's not often Spartans have the roster to go toe-to-toe with Duke, which left Izzo despondent after yet another loss CHICAGO — Tom Izzo has lost a lot of games to Duke. This is one he could’ve won. Maybe should’ve won. Which helps explain his anger Tuesday night at the United Center after his Spartans lost to the Blue Devils, 88-81, in the Champions Classic. “I thought it was a golden chance. I am sick of losing to them,” he said. He should be. Especially when he rolls into a gym with equal talent. That hasn’t happened often when Izzo meets Mike Krzyzewski. The iconic Duke coach usually has the better players. Not Tuesday night. And that’s what stings. His guys had a chance. Up two with 4 minutes to play. Duke missing its most gifted player, Marvin Bagley III, who got poked in eye by a teammate in the first half. Miles Bridges hitting 3s. The Spartan-heavy crowd ready to help their team perform an exorcism. And then? An offensive rebound by Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. and put back dunk. A tentative, clanking, mid-range bank-shot by MSU’s grad transfer, Ben Carter. Another offensive rebound from Duke's Carter, followed by a kickout 3 from Gary Trent Jr., a shooting guard that Izzo recruited hard.   All in 61 torturous seconds. At least from Izzo’s view. Mostly because his Spartans had given up five more second chance points on a night when they gave up 25 offensive rebounds. In fact, the next time Duke got the ball, they grabbed another rebound, which led to a dagger 3-pointer...Read more
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