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Tom Izzo restrained by Michigan State players during fiery confrontation in team huddle

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 3/21/2019 Henry Bushnell
a group of men playing a game of basketball: Tom Izzo confronts Aaron Henry. (Screenshot: CBS) © Provided by Oath Inc. Tom Izzo confronts Aaron Henry. (Screenshot: CBS)

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo had to be restrained and calmed down by two of his players during a timeout in the Spartans’ NCAA tournament opener against Bradley.

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With No. 2 seed Sparty in a battle with the 15th-seeded Braves, Izzo was furious at freshman guard Aaron Henry, presumably for what Izzo perceived to be lackluster defense. As Michigan State players returned to the team’s bench for a timeout. He met Henry out near midcourt, screaming at him and tapping him on the chest:

The fury continued back toward the bench, with Izzo shaking his finger near Henry’s face and continuing to yell.

Only then did junior point guard Cassius Winston step in to quell Izzo’s rage. Winston put his hands on Izzo’s shoulders while the head coach continued to scream at Henry.

Then, after the players had taken seats around Izzo during the timeout, Izzo got up out of his and again went at Henry. This time senior guard Matt McQuaid had to restrain the coach.

Michigan State won the game 76-65.

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