Michigan State’s 84-61 win over Purdue Saturday was win No. 423 for Tom Izzo as coach of the Spartans.
He passed former Illinois coach Lou Henson (422) for the third-most win in Big Ten history, and, in his 18th season, trails only Gene Keady (512 at Purdue) and Bob Knight (662 at Indiana).
Izzo entered this season averaging 24 wins per season over 17 years — really an astonishing accomplishment.
At his current pace, Izzo would have to coach three more seasons (after this one), through 2015-16, to surpass Keady.
That’s a realistic possibility.
Catching Knight is less likely. At this rate, Izzo would pass Knight in 10 more seasons (after this year), in 2022-23, when he’s 68 or 69 years old (his birthday is midseason, Jan. 30).
Not impossible, though Knight’s 902 overall wins are out of reach — unless Izzo coaches until he’s 78.