Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo made a noteworthy change to his starting lineup for tonight’s game against Nebraska. He inserted 5-foot-11 sophomore walk-on Jack Hoiberg into the group.
Hoiberg has never started before in his Michigan State career, but Izzo’s decision to use him in that role tonight provided for an awesome father-son moment. Jack Hoiberg’s dad Fred is the head coach of the Huskers.
Of course, after tip off, both Hoibergs are all business. But it had to be emotional for Fred to hear his son’s name introduced in the starting lineup of a game he was coaching in.
The younger Hoiberg made sure to make an impact in the box score while he was in the game too. He missed his only shot attempt, a three-pointer, but pulled down an offensive rebound and also dished out an assist.
Tom Izzo inserting Jack Hoiberg into the starting lineup tonight at Nebraska — giving him a moment in front of his father. Very cool.
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) February 21, 2020
Hoiberg joined the Spartan program before the 2017-18 season. He turned down Division I golf offers to walk-on at MSU. After redshirting his first year, Hoiberg appeared in 14 games last season.
This year, he’s played in 13, including tonight. Hoiberg’s top performance was a 13-minute outing in a blowout win over Western Michigan in December, during which he scored four points and handed out six assists.
Michigan State leads Nebraska 28-21 in the first half.