How does one cover Duke superstar forward Zion Williamson? For Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, doing so may require going out of the box.
No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Michigan State will square off on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Ahead of the big matchup, Izzo discussed the challenge that comes with guarding Williamson, who is listed as 6-foot-7, 285 pounds.
If he could, Izzo said that he'd borrow Bears pash rusher Khalil Mack in an attempt to cover Williamson.
Tom Izzo on the challenge of defending Zion: "Khalil Mack is a guy I look at and say, 'Geez, if I could borrow somebody from the Bears, maybe we could cover him.' He's an incredible athlete. ... He's not Superman, but he's damn close."— Will Burchfield (@burchie_kid) March 30, 2019
Williamson has height and weight on Mack, who is listed as 6-foot-3, 252 pounds. However, one would think that the latter would more than hold his own against the 19-year-old.
Plus, in a video from December, Mack looked like someone you wouldn't want to run into on the hardwood. While a Williamson-Mack showdown is unlikely, it's fun to think about how it would go down, nonetheless.
UPDATE: Mack tweeted out a playful response to the idea of him covering Williamson for Michigan State on Sunday.
😂 what time is the game? I’m on my way! https://t.co/wqrfRRLM9i— Khalil Mack (@FiftyDeuce) March 31, 2019