November 18, 2012

Izzo looks to set rotation, define roles

EAST LANSING - Michigan State lacked the intensity and focus against Texas Southern on Sunday that it had displayed earlier in the week in an impressive victory over Kansas at the Georgia Dome in the Champions Classic.

Tom Izzo stopped short of saying his team played down to their competition in a 69-41 victory the Spartans' the home-opener. But Izzo believes that some of the fall off is attributable to lineups and a large player rotation.

Michigan State's game against Texas Southern, along with the three remaining home games between now and a November 28 contest at Miami for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, will be used to determine roles and find an effective player rotation.

"We are still in a stage where we are trying to figure out who is going to be in our playing group," said Izzo. "I am trying to get (Alex) Gauna in there and see how he is going to react. I am trying to get (Brandan) Kearney in there to see how he is going to respond. I am trying to look at who can be our back-up point right now with (Travis) Trice out and it is hurting us a little bit. We played 10 guys 12 minutes or more and that is almost impossible to do. It something I feel that I still have to do looking at the big picture."

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