March 30, 2013

Izzo: 'It's going to hang with me forever'

INDIANAPOLIS - Tom Izzo was disappointed in the outcome of his team's Sweet Sixteen match-up with Duke, but the Michigan State coach could not find fault with his team for their effort in the 71-61 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"There were some things that were frustrating," said Izzo. "They were the better team. I thought their seniors did a number on our freshmen and our young guys a little bit."

An off shooting night by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Gary Harris, foul trouble, and poor free-throw shooting were all factors in the Spartans' loss.

"The free-throw shooting hurt us, and the number of fouls really hurt us," said Izzo. "But we did not execute as well. Some of our key guys didn't have very good games. When you get in a tournament like this, you can't have that."

The red-hot 3-point shooting of Duke senior Seth Curry was also problem for Michigan State. Curry finished with 29 points on 8 of 17 shooting. The Duke senior was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc and 7 of 7 at the free throw line.

"Curry is as good coming off screens or getting open in different ways as anyone that we've played against," said Izzo. "But I didn't think how the game was played was going to hurt us. I thought that we could play any way they wanted to and for the most part we did. We just didn't make shots, but they didn't make that many shots either. He just made some shots at key times."

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