On Thursday night, the Nebraska Cornhuskers hosted the Michigan State Spartans in a Big Ten showdown. The end result was a blowout win for the Spartans, but that’s not what everyone was talking about after the game.
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo made a very classy move by changing his starting lineup. Why is that important? He inserted 5-foot-11 sophomore walk-on Jack Hoiberg into the group.
Jack is the son of Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg. The younger Hoiberg had never started before in his Michigan State career, but Izzo’s created a very special moment between father and son by letting Jack get the start.
After the game, Fred Hoiberg had an incredible reaction to finding out his son was going to start the game.
“I was sitting in there before the game and one of the coaches always brings in the numbers of the starters and I see No. 5, No. 11, No. 25 and No. 10 and I’m thinking who the hell is…oh s*** that’s Jack!” Hoiberg said in the post-game press conference.
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Jack made the most of his opportunity.
Although he played just five minutes in the game, Hoiberg scored four points, had two assists and grabbed a rebound.
In the end, Michigan State walked out with an 86-65 win to improve to 18-9 on the season and 10-6 in the Big Ten.