MSU’s Izzo: Harris, Ellis won’t play in Italy

EAST LANSING – The real “wow” statement from coach Tom Izzo’s meeting with reporters Wednesday at the Breslin Center had to be this: “We have worked on … five of the 10 (practices) we’ve played a little zone. (And) we did work on a little bit of a 2-2-1 press. Hey, I’m getting older, I’m getting wilder.”

Yes, Izzo has “worked on” some zone in past preseasons, with roughly 5 minutes of game usage in his 20 seasons as MSU head coach. The fact he would do anything but laugh at a zone press, though, indicates this might be experimentation with a purpose — adjusting to a changing game. – Read more at

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