Wednesday night, the top-ranked Michigan State Spartans welcomed in the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels, who were coming off a head-scratching loss to UAB. It seemed like it would be an easy go for the Spartans and head coach Tom Izzo as they battled the struggling Tar Heels.
Well, when it was all said and done, the no. 1 Spartans walked off the court, knowing that they would be number one no longer after they were defeated by North Carolina, 79-65 at home.
North Carolina dominated Michigan State in virtually every facet of the game, for the entire game. It was the Tar Heels’ second win this season over a top-5 opponent, as they’ve also defeated the defending champion Louisville Cardinals last month when they were ranked third.
After that loss, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino put some of the blame on himself.
Following Wednesday’s loss, Izzo did more of the same, even going as far as to call it one of the most disappointing performances of his career in East Lansing:
“Probably one of the more disappointing performances in my career here,” said Izzo, whose No. 1-ranked Spartans (7-1) were beaten decisively by No. 25 North Carolina (5-2), by a 79-65 count at Breslin Center.
“I thought from the opening jump ball they took it to us, (and) I mentioned we haven’t been practicing very well and it can lead to not playing very well,” he said. “I can’t think of a time I’ve been more disappointed in myself, it’s my job, and we looked like a softer team, that solely falls on me, nobody else.”