Tom Izzo's love for football extends to the basketball court, and that's been seen for years through his Michigan State Spartans.
Izzo loves physical ball, but he's not afraid to run an uptempo spread to keep pace with NCAA powers such as Kansas, Duke and Kentucky.
More often than not, Izzo's tactics work wonders. But Dec. 4 vs. North Carolina was a different story. Then ranked No. 1, the Spartans lost 79-65 on their home court, an extremely rare occurrence, to the unranked Tar Heels, who are 7-0 vs. Izzo under coach Roy Williams.
After the loss, Izzo sounded off, saying his team's effort "looked soft," according to WTVB-East Lansing.
He tried to run with Nate Britt but couldn't. He tried to out-muscle Kennedy Meeks but couldn't. Matter of fact, Izzo, whose team was out-rebounded 33-25, was at his wit's end when it came to stopping the dynamic Tar Heels.
Switching up the five on the floor to suit situations is done by every coach. Izzo typically excels at that discipline. This slideshow will highlight the Spartans' big, small, medium, fast and shooter-filled lineups, along with other hybrids of the five-man shuffle.