Hardest working coach in the tourney? Maybe Izzo - WNEM TV 5

Hardest working coach in the tourney? Maybe Izzo

AP Sports Writer

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says he's paranoid about people thinking he became satisfied and stopped working hard.

So, Izzo relentlessly aims to make - or keep - his program among the elite in college basketball.

Izzo squeezed in a recruiting flight during a five-games-in-13-days stretch last month, and often went to his office instead of home in the hours after a game to prepare for the next challenge.

His tireless efforts have been rewarded this season.

The Spartans started the season unranked and had enough success to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Izzo's march to perhaps a seventh Final Four starts against 16th-seeded Long Island University-Brooklyn on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.