Tom Izzo: 'A lot of coaching mistakes' in Michigan State loss to Duke

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:19:54 PM. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo blamed himself and the Spartans' foul trouble for his rotation in their 88-81 loss to Duke.
CHICAGO – Gavin Schilling looked strong until foul trouble hit early and often. Same with Jaren Jackson Jr. But then they heard the whistles. And Tom Izzo pulled them to the bench. It proved costly, Michigan State’s coach later admitted. The second-ranked Spartans lost to No. 1 Duke on Tuesday, 88-81, in the Champions Classic at United Center. And the Hall of Fame coach, sullen in defeat, saw his own decisions as one of the reasons. “We just got so many guys in foul trouble,” Izzo said. “And I thought that was …” He trailed off into a long pause, took a breath and continued, “that was part of the problem tonight.” Izzo said Monday that it might not have a full grasp on his playing rotation “for a couple of weeks yet.” The Spartans’ 21 fouls Tuesday compounded that, with Izzo having to move players out of position to help cover spots when both Schilling and Jackson picked up four fouls. That limited inside options for Izzo, and MSU got outrebounded, 46-34. “Gav was doing great for us, Jaren was doing great for us. And they both got into foul trouble,” Miles Bridges said. “So it was tough to rebound.” Schilling finished with two points and two rebounds but played just 6 minutes. Jackson had 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes. Izzo also blamed himself for playing both swingman Bridges (37 minutes) and point guard Cassius Winston (32) too much against the Blue Devils’ swarming 2-3 zone. Those two, along with Jackson, combined for 14 of the Spartans’ 17...Read more
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