College basketball seasons have their highs and their lows. Unfortunately on Saturday afternoon in Madison, we found ourselves on the wrong side of some incredible plays by the Badgers. Games like that make college basketball so compelling and so interesting from a fans perspective.
I have coached in a lot of basketball games and losing in any fashion certainly hurts. Games involving buzzer beaters seem to hurt more because of the magnitude of the shots but in reality, all losing is difficult because the margin between winning and losing basketball games is so small.
Every play is important when it comes to winning and losing. Execution is the name of the game, and we must credit Wisconsin for executing well in Madison.
Losing in Madison cannot spillover into our preparation for MSU. Our next opponent deserves our undivided attention, just like Wisconsin required our undivided attention after the win versus Ohio State last week.
Our staff has moved on from this loss. Our team has moved on from this loss also. We watched the game film yesterday and attacked the practice floor with the right attitude.
I am excited for the opportunity that we have in front of us. Michigan State is playing well right now, and I expect this rivalry game to be as intense as it has ever been. I am confident in our team's ability to be ready to play at 9 p.m. tomorrow night in East Lansing.
This is life in the Big Ten Conference. We must continue to stay connected as a program, and we will. Our core values of Integrity, Diligence, Appreciation, Unity, and Passion must continue to sustain all of our efforts.