Michigan State HC Izzo defends calling out freshman Henry

Draymond Green defends Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo

Draymond Green defends Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo

The Golden State Warriors' standout chose to take to Twitter to explain what happened from his perspective as someone who has been on the receiving end of Izzo's huddles.

No. 2 seed Michigan State escaped an upset bid from Bradley on Thursday.

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo says the team needs to compete better on Saturday, but he liked the play of his star point guard, Cassius Winston.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan State Spartans meet in an NCAA tournament second round matchup in college basketball action on Saturday.

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"I just felt at that moment I could get the message to [Henry] better than coach", Winston said. Izzo made no apologies for his approach when asked about it after Thursday's game, saying he was holding Henry "accountable".

Early in the second half, the Hall of Fame coach lost it while speaking to freshman forward Aaron Henry after a defensive lapse by the young player.

During a timeout, Izzo met Henry at half court and began jawing at him. So I talked to Izz, I talked to Aaron.

Izzo's outburst didn't sit right with Seahawks Radio Network analyst Ray Roberts, a former NFL offensive lineman and Lake Washington High School football coach, so he joined Bob, Groz and Tom in the 710 ESPN Seattle studio on Friday to explain why. "It's one-and-done time. The "my-bads" are out the window".

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Izzo's tirade at the 19-year-old began as the Spartans players walked toward the bench during a stoppage of play while clinging to a five-point lead. Only two coaches - Kentucky's John Calipari ($9.2 million) and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski ($7 million) - will more than Izzo this year. I said, 'You know what, if you want to make this man to man, we can.

"Just responding to it is accepting the coaching and not having a pity-party for yourself and just being a basketball player and go respond", he told the Detroit Free Press.

"So when I coached at Lake Washington, I had every one of my coaches read the book".

The Spartans are set to take part in the Big Ten Battle against Minnesota.

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