Mar 8, 2024 - Sports

Tom and Steven Izzo's season to remember

Steven and Tom Izzo hug after Steven's first career field goal against Rutgers in January. Photo: Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Steven and Tom Izzo hug after Steven Izzo's first collegiate field goal against Rutgers in January. Photo: Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Steven Izzo wiped away tears after Michigan State's win over Northwestern Wednesday, his last home game.

  • "I'm just so grateful that I'm able to do it with you," Steven Izzo said to Tom Izzo on TV, his dad's arm wrapped tightly around his neck.

The big picture: The father-son moments have brightened an otherwise disappointing season for the Spartans (18-12, 10-9 Big Ten), who are fighting to make the NCAA Tournament after being early national championship contenders.

Flashback: Steven Izzo's first career bucket was this season against Rutgers — an absolute circus shot — and it sent Breslin Center fans into a frenzy.

Between the lines: As Steven Izzo's five-year career as a walk-on comes to an end, the Izzo family has opened up about his adoption and newfound curiosity about his biological mother.

  • "I get emotional because I think of how wrong this all could've gone, and how right it went," Steven Izzo recently told The Athletic. "What are the chances?"

What's next: Michigan State's final regular-season game is at 4:30pm Sunday at Indiana (17-13, 9-10 Big Ten).

  • A win and the Spartans all but guarantee an NCAA Tournament berth.

Meanwhile, Michigan (8-22, 3-16 Big Ten) will miss its second straight NCAA Tournament unless it wins the Big Ten edition first, raising doubts about coach Juwan Howard's future.

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