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Michigan State's Izzo affords time to be 'miserable' after OT win over Buckeyes

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On Wednesday, Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo might have felt a bit of relief after taking down a resilient No. 3-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State team that had nearly stunned his No. 5 Spartans by obliterating a 17-point MSU lead in the second half and forcing overtime.

Still, that didn't stop Izzo from also taking the time to still feel "miserable" caused by almost losing to OSU, he later told reporters. In fact, when the Buckeyes had battled back and tied the game into overtime, he claimed his players looked "shell-shocked" on the bench.

"I was pissed they started coming back," MSU forward Adreian Payne said. "Me and Keith (Appling), we just had to find a way to win."

The Spartans secured their one-loss record for now with a 72-68 victory over Ohio State after OT, including 20 points from Appling, but Izzo just could not feel happy about the win; at least, not so soon after what was nearly a major loss.

"I should be happier than I am, but I'm a big-picture guy," Izzo said soon after his team's win. "You shouldn't have those kind of letdowns no matter what the other team does."

Still, the win itself comes as a huge boost for the Spartans who now are tied for first place with Wisconsin in the conference, though the Badgers are still unbeaten.

"I think I'll appreciate the win more tomorrow," Izzo said. "Ain't going to be tonight, though. I promise you that."

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