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Beilein and Izzo talk about state of game on PodcastOne

February 26, 2019
Michigan head coach John Beilein, left, talks with Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, right, before an NCAA college basketball game at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Their in-state rivalry is as friendly as it is competitive, and that’s the way both Michigan coach John Beilein and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo like it.

The two coaches talk to AP sports writer Larry Lage on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now on the eve of Sunday’s showdown that was won 77-70 by Michigan State. They discuss coaches who do the right thing in college basketball and those who don’t, and talk about how tough it always is to win against each other.

Both coaches head top 10 teams, with Michigan State ranked sixth and Michigan ninth in the latest AP Top 25 college basketball poll.

Co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg discuss how attendance is up in college basketball and the game seems to be moving past the ongoing FBI probe into recruiting irregularities. They also talk about the new pitch clock in baseball, and Dahlberg remembers how the late Don Newcombe told him about starting both games of a doubleheader in 1950.