Perhaps equal parts elated and relieved after the Michigan State Spartans beat the Michigan Wolverines for the Big Ten Championship, coach Tom Izzo thanked just about everyone involved in his team’s season this year, including the acupuncturist.
I’m really proud of three sets of people: These players have done an unbelievable job fighting through the things, adversity, and things they had to do. My assistant coaches, they had to do the same thing because it was a tough year on all of us. And the preparation they did in the last couple nights, the assistant coaches and the scout team guys, I think these guys would agree were unbelievable. And this year I have to give a lot of credit to our trainer, Q, and our team doctors and acupuncturists, and everyone else that took care of these guys because it’s been that kind of year.
The Spartans upset the Wolverines 69-55 for its second Big Ten Championship in the last three years.