Skip to main content

Here's What Coach K Texted Tom Izzo After The Spartans Lost To MTSU

Second-seeded Michigan State's stunning loss to No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee State last Friday was very likely the biggest upset in the history of the modern NCAA Tournament. The Spartans had been co-favorites to win it all entering the tourney. 

Michigan State's Tom Izzo is just one of eight head coaches who have lost a first-round game as a No.2 seed. After the loss against MTSU, one of the other seven coaches on that list --Duke's Mike Krzyzewski -- texted Izzo with encouragement.

Krzyzewski's Blue Devils fell to 15th-seeded Lehigh in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and his message to Izzo was simple: if people are making a big deal about how huge an upset it was, it speaks to the strength of your team's program. 

">@drewsharp makes point to Izzo that magnitude of this upset is a testament to program, Izzo says Coach K. texted him similar thought.

— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode)

After @drewsharp makes point to Izzo that magnitude of this upset is a testament to program, Izzo says Coach K. texted him similar thought.

— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) March 22, 2016

">March 22, 2016

">March 22, 2016

Coach K has a point here. This loss was shocking, but shouldn't detract from the overall quality season MSU turned in or mar Izzo's reputation as arguably the best post-season coach in the sport. 

The year after Duke lost to Lehigh, the Blue Devils advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. No one should be surprised if the Spartans duplicate or surpass that feat next season.