Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo discusses the role of parity and social media in CBK
Joining Cris Carter, Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe on First Things First, Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo discusses the role of parity and social media in CBK and his goals for this year's season.
- Coach, you mentioned when we talked last, you guys obviously didn't have any losses. What's good for you guys with a couple of losses is everybody has a loss. I can't remember a time this early in the college basketball season. There's no undefeated teams, there's only a handful of even one-loss teams. I think there have been 33 top ten losses already this season. Is it the parity? What do you make of it? How different is this college basketball season than some of the more recent ones?
- Well, I have been a little surprised myself. I talked to Jay Wright the other day about it and, you know, I think there is parity, but I also think it's a little more difficult right now keeping everybody focused on the task. The social media, as good as it is for some of you, it's not as good for coaches. And I think, just handling all the noise around you. I don't care if it's college, pro-- it doesn't matter what sport it is. There seems to be a few more ups and downs.
I think last week, there were 15 top 25 teams that got beat-- most of them by unranked teams. So parity's part of it. We have transfers now, we have guys leaving early. I think a lot of people are playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores, not as many juniors and seniors. It's going to be a little more up and down when you're doing that.
- Coach, you guys are 18 games into the season but you're coming off a rough week. Can you set up what the rest of the year or the rest of the season is going to look like for you? What your goals are now?
- At rough times or the good times, that's when you learn the most about your team. And you know, we've had some great practice and meetings. Our guys are really focused in on what they got to do, but the task does get tougher. You know, when you're in a conference like ours, where every place you go it's the 4th of July and Christmas. We even made Columbus a basketball school last week. That place was packed. It was rocking. And a lot of things were going well.
So that's the neat part about the Big 10. We've led the nation in attendance for like 40 years. So every time you go on the road, it's a very tough outing. So we just got to stay focused in and keep getting better. The goal is to get better every day, win or lose, and be ready down the stretch.