First national title just made Izzo want another

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Tom Izzo doesn't agree with this call during Sunday's East Region final against Louisville.

East Lansing – Now that Michigan State has reached the Final Four, the next task is re-focusing on winning two more games and bringing a third national title back home.

Seventh-seeded Michigan State will take on No. 1 Duke at 6:09 p.m. Saturday in the first of two national semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kentucky and Wisconsin, two more top seeds, play in the late game with the winners meeting Monday night.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will be taking part in his seventh Final Four and admitted the rallying cry for this team has been to reach the Final Four, but now there is no reason to stop and feel content with just getting there.

"We're gonna go and try to win and see if we can survive and advance one more time," Izzo said Tuesday.

If the Spartans can pull off two more victories, it would be the second national title for Izzo and make him the 15th coach in history to win more than one.

It is something that has driven him since Michigan State beat Florida for the national championship in 2000.

"When you win a national championship, all you wanna do is get back there," Izzo said. "You don't just wipe it off the bucket list.

"There's a humbling effect to that, there's a motivating effect."