Cavaliers owner texts "hang in there" to Tom Izzo

LARRY LAGE - AP Sports Writer
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts during the second half of Wisconsin's 82-56 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts during the second half of Wisconsin's 82-56 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Madison, Wis.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has sent him an encouraging text message.

Izzo says the note from Gilbert on Monday read "hang in there."

The Spartans have lost two straight — by 20-plus points — and five of six to fall out of The Associated Press poll. Michigan State was ranked No. 2 in the preseason.

Gilbert tried to hire away Izzo last summer. The Cavaliers are having a tougher time than the Spartans right now — Cleveland took a record 24-game losing streak into Monday night's game at Dallas.

Izzo says he's happy with the decision he made to turn down a chance to double his pay this season with the Cavs. He jokes that some people probably aren't happy he stayed.