Thursday, March 26, 2009

Izzo fires up MSU



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Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has issued a challenge to his 2008-09 Spartans.

That is: To “Become Legendary.”

The Detroit Free Press reported that MSU’s video coordinators created a highlight video to share with the team prior to last Sunday’s second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Southern Cal in Minneapolis.

It featured great moments in MSU history, including highlights of the 2000 national title team, and adopted the “Become Legendary” theme from Nike.

According to the Free Press, at the end of the video, the words, “Become Legendary” appeared on the screen.

“There are certain times when guys just step up and do heroic things,” Izzo told the Free Press, admitting he grew emotional during the video. “We had a motivational tape about how to make yourself, make your team legendary. And I always talk about having memory-making moments.”


• ‘86 revisited: A classic game between KU and Michigan State took place in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.

The Jayhawks beat MSU, 96-86, in overtime in a Sweet 16 clash in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.

It’s a game in which the Kemper Arena clock malfunctioned and stopped for about 10 seconds. That became critical when KU, which was down by six with 1:39 left, sent that game into overtime on a bucket with about 10 ticks to play.

“I have a few memories,” said KU coach Bill Self, who was a graduate assistant on Larry Brown’s staff. “I know coach Heathcote (Jud, Michigan State) was not real happy with the clock operator that day.

“Tom (Izzo, current MSU coach) was an assistant on that staff. I’m sure he’ll get hit up about that, too (this week). That was a Sweet 16 game as well. There are a lot of similarities. I wish the game was in Kansas City like it was in ’86,” Self added.

KU went on to beat North Carolina State in the regional final and reach the Final Four. Heathcote and star player Scott Skiles long felt the Spartans might have won the national title if not for the clock mistake.

• Title golf tourney on tap: The Mario V. Chalmers Foundation will play host to the first annual National Championship Classic golf event on July 31 at Alvamar. It will bring back players from KU’s 2008 national title team to play in the fundraiser. For more info or to sign up to play in the event, which has a 1 p.m. shotgun start, visit

The Mario V. Chalmers Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes education through sports. The mission statement: “We strive to empower, inspire and enable youth to stay focused in the classroom, on the court and in all their endeavors. We encourage them to stay positive, give back to their communities and to always keep shooting for the stars!”

• Late start: KU guard Tyrel Reed doesn’t think it’s a big deal the Jayhawks must wait until 8:37 p.m., CST, Friday before taking on the Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s a late game. A team like ours ... college kids would rather have a late game than real early,” Reed said. “We’ll look at it as a positive playing so late.”


yates33333 10 years, 10 months ago

1986 Might have beens!!!! If Duke hadn't been allowed to maul KU KU might have been national champs. But If your aunt had testicles she would have been your uncle.

nocaljayhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

An event like a golf tournament is not officially "annual" until it's happened more than once. The proper term is "inaugural."

codybear 10 years, 10 months ago

KU 84 --- MSU 69,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and KU folds Louisville or Arizona up like a towel to go to F-4!! That is not what I bet but thats what I want.

As for the post I made as a Misssssssri Fan a couple of weeks ago and everyone came out of the woodwork to cut my throat I can only say don't believe all you read suckers. :-)

quigley 10 years, 10 months ago

I always think it's a bad sign when a coach need to pull out "extra motivation" for a game ie. videos, speaches. Mich State is scared and they should be. If we play hard and lose, oh well. They should be the ones coming into the game a little uptight.

jaybate 10 years, 10 months ago

Lost in '86 on a clock glitch? Boo-hoo!

Sign into heart break hotel, Ratso Izzo. We've all opportunity robbed from us. Its part of the tournament.

You're scared, Ratso.

You know your guys are going to be playing not to lose, playing to get to Louisville, because they are your experienced every fourth year team that has to do something, or all the mediocrity in between was for naught.

You know you and your guys humiliated us in East Lansing and laughed in our faces and the KU players are going to be looking for payback.

You know Self can out-coach you.

You know KU's young players are going to leave it all out on the floor and hold nothing back for Louisville. They are going to be loose. If they beat MSU, their season is a huge success.

You know even if KU can't beat you, that they are going to try to exhaust you for Louisville as payback.

And you know that after two straight off shooting nights, KU is probably due for a 45% night from trifectaville.

You're scared, Ratso, and you ought to be.

KU has everything to win and nothing to lose and is due for a hot hand.

And they are going to wear you down for Louisville.

We're coming for you, Ratso. The whole legacy is coming for you. We may not get you this time, because you've got a six big rotation at 3, 4, and 5, but we're coming for you anyway. And if you make a mistake, if your guys don't shoot well, if the refs are calling fouls, we're gonna get you, Ratso.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Go KU!!

okjhok 10 years, 10 months ago

And to think Ratso died in the back of a Greyhound bus so long ago. Not so. He's really turned his life around as the coach of the Spartans, but he's still Ratso...

pmohr13 10 years, 10 months ago

Didn't self show a video of the previous games last year around this time of the tournament? I think i smell a copy cat.

Jfanallways 10 years, 10 months ago

is anyone else surprised mario has a foundation in his name already and in lawrence when he lives in miami? and to host a golf tourney . . . i like our chances against msu i predict a win. were underdogs from here on out and bill self allways seems to get his teams to take it to another level in big games. florida unc texas texas texas texas and the grudge match vs k suck and misery ect. . .

mandomax 10 years, 10 months ago

Chalmers obviously has some brilliant financial advisers. Being the head chairman of a non-profit is a great way to earn a little extra cash untaxed; especially considering he can donate to the non-profit for a tax write off, and then the non-profit pays him as a chairman, essentially with his own money, sans taxation by Uncle Sammy.

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