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.