Two of the most fiercely competitive coaches in the game today are Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan.
These two court side commanders have both had great success at their respective schools.
Izzo has spent his entire head coaching career at MSU, winning an NCAA championship in 2000, making six trips to the Final Four and posting a 437-176 record.
Ryan spent many years coming up through the ranks at Wisconsin-Platteville and Milwaukee before coming to Madison in 2001.
Ryan has taken his UW teams to the NCAA tournament every season. He has posted a 291-113 record at Wisconsin, with a 674-216 career mark.
When these two titans go head-to-head, look out.
Their teams reflect their personalities. Both play an extremely physical and intense brand of ball.
Ryan has done what many coaches have not been able to do: consistently beat Tom Izzo.
Ryan’s teams beat Michigan State the first six times that they played them.
The current rivalry record stands at 13-11 in Ryan’s favor. Izzo’s Spartan’s have won the last five meetings between these two Big Ten teams.
With the expanded conference membership, Michigan State and Wisconsin only meet once (Feb. 9 in Madison) in the upcoming season.
Definitely a game to watch!