With the start to the regular season only three weeks away, the Michigan State basketball team got the year off to an unofficial start Friday night with its annual Midnight Madness.
And the thought many people were wondering on the night was how Spartan head basketball coach Tom Izzo would make his entrance into the Breslin Center.
Over his tenure at Michigan State, Izzo has done all sorts of things at Midnight Madness, from rolling up in an Indy Car, to coming in as a hippy, all the way to scaling down from the ceiling.
He almost surpassed all of those stunts Friday night, this time rolling into the Breslin Center riding on top of a cannon with the phrase #IZZOCANNON scrawled on the side.
Upon entering into the arena, Izzo jumped off the cannon and checked the poles’ sturdiness that were holding up the net he was supposedly going to be shot into.
He then went on to joke that shooting himself out of a cannon was a good way for his assistants to get jobs.
However, after Izzo was supposedly shot out of the cannon, he emerged from a crowd of basketball players and cheerleaders to reveal that it wasn’t actually him who soared through the air. Instead it was a stunt woman disguised as a cheerleader by the name of Jennifer.
“I know you’re disappointed because most of you were hoping I splatted right on the middle of this floor,” Izzo said to a Breslin crowd of nearly 15,000 that came out to see the No. 2 ranked team in the nation in action.
Izzo then addressed the crowd about the the upcoming MSU basketball season.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are for the season,” Izzo said. “These guys have worked their tail off all summer. It’s been an incredible, incredible summer for them. There’s a lot of high expectations and I understand that but none any higher than we have. All I’m asking of you is each and every game, hang with us because it’s a long season.”
Michigan State will open up the regular season on Friday, November 8th against McNeese State.
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