1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1999–2000 record 32-7 (13-3 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Izzo
Assistant coach Stan Heath
Assistant coach Brian Gregory
Assistant coach Mike Garland
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons
« 1998–99 2000–01 »
1999–2000 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Michigan State 13 3   .813     32 7   .821
#25 Purdue 12 4   .750     24 10   .706
#21 Illinois 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
#22 Indiana 10 6   .625     20 9   .690
Wisconsin 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Iowa 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
Michigan 6 10   .375     15 14   .517
Penn State 5 11   .313     19 16   .543
Minnesota 4 12   .250     12 16   .429
Northwestern 0 16   .000     5 25   .167
#8 Ohio State* 5 1   .833     11 3   .786
2000 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Ohio State: 14 reg. season games; 2 NCAA Tourn. games vacated due to sanctions against the program
Disputed record: Ohio State-(23-7)(13-3)

The 1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 1999–2000 NCAA Division I men's basketball season.

Regular season[edit]

The Spartans began their national championship season without starting point guard and team captain Mateen Cleaves, who sustained a stress fracture in his right foot during the offseason. Without Cleaves, the Spartans struggled through the non-conference schedule, finishing at 9-4, losing games to the Texas Longhorns (81-74), Arizona Wildcats (79-68), Kentucky Wildcats (60-58), and Wright State Raiders (53-49). On January 5, 2000, Cleaves returned to the Spartans lineup and helped propel them to a 15-3 conference record and a share of the Big Ten Regular Season Title (with Ohio State). The Spartans went on to win the third annual Big Ten Tournament as the #2 seed, culminating in a 76-61 win over Illinois. Cleaves and senior running mate Morris Peterson were named to the All-Tournament Team and Peterson was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

As a result of their strong finish, the Spartans were awarded the top seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. From there, the Spartans cruised to the championship game, winning every game by double digits. In the season finale, the Spartans triumped over the Florida Gators 89-76, despite losing Mateen Cleaves to an ankle injury 3:42 into the second half. Cleaves eventually returned, severely limping and in obvious pain, to lead the Spartans to the championship. Cleaves was subsequently named as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Joining Cleaves on the NCAA All-Tournament Team were Morris Peterson, Charlie Bell, and A.J. Granger.

  • Midwest Regional
    • Michigan State (#1 seed) 65, Valparaiso (#16 seed) 38
    • Michigan State 73, Utah (#8 seed) 61
    • Michigan State 75, Syracuse (#4 seed) 58
    • Michigan State 75, Iowa State (#2 seed) 64

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  • Final Four
    • Michigan State 53, Wisconsin (#8 seed) 41
    • Michigan State 89, Florida (#5 seed) 76

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Team
1 5 (2001) Jason Richardson Golden State Warriors
1 14 Mateen Cleaves Detroit Pistons
1 21 Morris Peterson Toronto Raptors
2 51 (2001) Andre Hutson Milwaukee Bucks

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