Answering Your Michigan State Basketball Questions and Emails...

Tom Izzo After Practice.  (PHOTO:  Duffy Carpenter @DuffyCarpenter1  )
Tom Izzo After Practice. (PHOTO: Duffy Carpenter @DuffyCarpenter1 )

Answering Your #11 Michigan State Basketball Questions and Emails...

Hondo do you think Spartan Nation should be concerned about Nick Ward’smind not wanting to be here but in the NBA? Kurt Savage

Great question and Izzo addressed it this week saying, “I’d say the focus and the energy has been a lot better, and everyone in this room knows that Nick and I had our differences on how hard he played. But that’s one thing I don’t complain about now.”

Hondo has Izzo learned his lesson after the unforgivable loss to Syracuse, will he now use the zone? At least some? Mike Randle

Not sure the word “unforgivable” is suitable with a loss, but there is a chance. He hates it but has now delegated duties for learning it and using it to his assistants. Izzo said this week, “I swear every year, I’m gonna try to do a little more. So now, I did a better job than anything I could do, I removed myself from it.”

Hondo is the players excited for Midnight Madness like the fans? Thanks, Cathy Stewart

I’ll let Izzo answer that, “But these guys are jacked for it and it’s still a pretty good tradition and hopefully we’ll continue it.”

Hondo this week a lot came out about the recruitment of Brian Bowen. You came out as soon as the rumors flew and called Izzo, “Clean in a dirty sport.” I know you took a lot of hits for that, how did you feel? Brian Lyle

I didn’t feel any different. I did take a lot of heat when I wrote, “Tom Izzo stands tall” and I knew it then and now that he is clean. Steve Haney who is the attorney for Christian Dawkins said courtesy of Adam Zagoria, “Michigan State was one of the only schools that was NOT GOING to pay Brian Bowen to go there.”

Hondo how are the veteran players on the basketball team handing five freshmen? Kyle Ford

Matt McQuaid said, “There are more veterans but we’ve got a lot more young guys, too, so there’s a lot of responsibility teaching them quicker, dragging them along quicker.”

Hondo there was a lot of concern when Connor Cook was not voted captain. Should there be concern that Nick Ward and Cassius Winston weren’t? Tom Teal

No, but I will ask Izzo about it soon.

Hondo I was reading another media outlet recently and they said that “Michigan has earned more basketball resect that MSU.” Do you agree? Dr. M. Taylor

That looks like your typical click-bait journalism. Where outlandish headlines get clicks. Coach B at UM has done a great job at UM and is a super coach. But that headline is not accurate in my opinion. But it got you to click.

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