If you don’t think the mental game is every bit as important as the physical one, consider this from the State News MSU blog:
Derrick Nix said all the right things Tuesday about his free throw struggles.
But MSU men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo said he believes he knows how his freshman center really feels about shooting five percent (1-for-20) from the line through nine games.
“Inside I think he’s hurt and embarrassed,” Izzo said. “And sometimes that gets to you more than being mad.”
Tuesday, Izzo said he watched Nix as he was shooting free throws at practice. There, Izzo said Nix made 26-of-30, which led Izzo to say of Nix’s struggles, “There’s no question it’s mental now.”