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Tom Izzo Addresses Heated Moment With Michigan State Player

A closeup of Tom Izzo reacting during a Michigan State Spartans game.

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Little Caesars Arena on March 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball team were able to avoid an upset at the hands of Bradley in a 76-65 win. But Izzo was unable to escape controversy due to a heated confrontation he had with a player in the second half.

Following the game, Izzo addressed the controversy, which involved him shouting at Aaron Henry despite the team going on a 10-0 run in the process. He explained that Henry had not been playing up to expectations at that point, but conceded that Henry eventually got into a groove and scored some important points.

However, Izzo made it clear that he is not giving his players any room for error in the NCAA Tournament. He stressed that he intends to get into his players' faces when they make mistakes or show a lack of effort.

"I don't know what kind of business you're in, but I tell ya what, if I was a head of a newspaper, and you didn't do your job, you'd be held accountable."

Henry finished the game with eight points and three rebounds, and was two-for-two from the line.

But the real star of the show was guard Cassius Winston, who scored 26 points and was eight-for-eight from the line.

Despite trailing the Braves by one in the first half, the Spartans wound up outscoring them by 12 in the second half to win the game.