Tom Izzo Cried After Michigan State Beat Marquette

Michigan State v Marquette
Michigan State v Marquette / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

Tom Izzo has Michigan State back in the Sweet 16 for the 15th time, as the seventh-seeded Spartans beat second-seeded Marquette 69-60 in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. It was a pretty significant upset in the world of college basketball, but nothing new for Izzo. After the game, Jamie Erdahl approached the 68-year-old head coach for an interview and he was wiping away tears.

Here's the interview:

It's not surprising the win made Izzo emotional. It has been a long season for the Spartans on and off the court. As the team was struggling to find its identity in the midst of a brutal Big Ten schedule, the East Lansing campus was rocked by tragedy. On February 13, a lone gunman opened fire on campus, killing three students and injuring five others. It was a horrific experience for everyone associated with Michigan State.

A week later, the Spartans beat Indiana in their first game back on campus. It was far more than just a basketball game. That was an emotional night for everyone involved and a run in the tournament would obviously carry extra significance.

Sparty is back in the Sweet 16 and you can tell it means even more to Izzo this time.