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Izzo Responds to Barkley’s Big Ten Diss

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo was quick on the trigger in responding to Charles Barkley’s assessment on Sunday that both the Mountain West and Pac-12 were better conferences leading into the NCAA tournament.

“I had a message to Steve Smith to ask Charles where Auburn is in this tournament,” Izzo told reporters on Monday. (Smith, a former MSU star, is working with Barkley on Turner’s tournament coverage.)

Auburn, Barkley’s alma mater, went an unsightly 9–23 this season — including 10 consecutive losses to close the season — and finished at the bottom of the SEC.

If the Spartans reach the Final Four, you can bet Izzo will be thanking Barkley for the extra motivation.

[Diehard Sport | @MSUDanK]

 
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