Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
|Michigan State Spartans|
|University||Michigan State University|
|Location||East Lansing, MI|
|Head coach||Tom Izzo (18th year)|
Green and White
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament runner up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1999, 2000, 2012, 2014|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1957, 1959, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012|
The Michigan State Spartans basketball team represents Michigan State University (MSU) and competes in the Big Ten Conference of NCAA Division I. The team currently plays at the Breslin Student Events Center. Since 1995, Tom Izzo has been the team's head coach, presiding over a prolonged period of success.
Michigan State basketball team has a long history that is rich in tradition. The team has won two NCAA championships and 13 Big Ten championships in basketball. The Spartans won the National Championship in both the 1979 NCAA Tournament and 2000 NCAA Tournament. The 1979 National Championship story line was highly touted as Magic vs. Bird on YouTube. The 1979 championship game is largely credited with launching March Madness. And despite a smaller total American population, the 1979 Championship game remains the highest watched college basketball game in history, with 35.11 million viewers. It was achieved by a team under the coaching of Jud Heathcote that included MVP Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser and Jay Vincent. MSU beat the then undefeated Indiana State Sycamores, led by future NBA hall of famer Larry Bird. The 2000 National Championship on YouTube was achieved by Morris Peterson, A.J. Granger, Charlie Bell, Jason Richardson and MVP Mateen Cleaves leading the team in a victory over the Florida Gators.
Michigan State basketball has been selected for 17 consecutive NCAA tournament bids (1998–2014) as of the end of the 2014 regular season, which is the third-longest active streak of NCAA tournament bids, behind Kansas (25) and Duke (19). Overall, Michigan State has been to the Final Four a total of eight times in its history (1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2010), which is tied for 8th all time, and has made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances. The program is also 9th all time in NCAA tournament winning percentage.
On December 13, 2003, Michigan State and Kentucky played at the most-attended college basketball game in history known as the Basketbowl. They played this game in front of 78,129 people at Ford Field, a football stadium converted to a basketball court for this game in Detroit. Kentucky won by a score of 79–74.
- 1 Coaches
- 2 Players
- 3 Postseason history
- 4 Uniforms
- 5 Home court
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 External links
Michigan State coaches have led the Spartans to 2 NCAA Championships, 8 Final Fours, 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, 13 Big Ten Conference Championships and 4 Big Ten Tournament titles. Michigan State has two coaches that are in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, Pete Newell (class of 2006) and Jud Heathcote (class of 2009). On November 28, 2009 Tom Izzo passed Jud Heathcote's mark of 340 career wins by beating U Mass 106-68. Tom Izzo now leads all MSU basketball coaches in wins.
Of all MSU coaches who have headed the Spartans basketball squad in at least a dozen games, Izzo is second in winning percentage and no MSU coach tops him since 1910. Former coach George E. Denman won all 11 games he coached between 1901–03 and Chester L. Brewer won 70 of 95 games from 1903 to 1910.
|Charles O. Bemies||1899–1901||5-2||.714||Michigan State's first basketball coach.|
|George E. Denman||1901-03||11-0||1.000||Michigan State's only undefeated basketball coach.|
|Chester L. Brewer||1903-10||70-25||.737|
|John F. Macklin||1910-16||48-38||.558|
|George E. Gauthier||1916-20||47-39||.547|
|Lyman L. Frimodig||1920-22||24-21||.533|
|Fred H. Walker||1922-24||20-19||.513|
|John H. Kobs||1924-26||11-26||.297|
|Benjamin F. VanAlstyne||1926-49||231-163||.586||Avg. final score increased from 28 to 46 during his tenure|
|Alton S. Kircher||1949-50||4-18||.182|
|Peter F. Newell||1950-54||45-42||.517||26-34||.433||Went on to win the 1959 NCAA tournament as head coach at Cal; coached the U.S. to the gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics|
|Forrest A. Anderson||1954-65||125-124||.502||69-85||.448||Guided Michigan State to its first Final Four and NCAA appearance in 1957; 2 NCAA Appearances; 2 Conference Championships|
|John E. Benington||1965-69||54-38||.587||32-24||.571||Conference Championship in 1967|
|Gus G. Ganakas||1969-76||89-84||.514||49-57||.462|
|Jud Heathcote||1976-95||340-220||.607||181-161||.529||1979 NCAA Champs; 9 NCAA Appearances; 3 Conference Championships|
|Tom Izzo||1995–Present||439-178||.712||209-95||.693||2000 NCAA Champs; 2009 National Runner up, Final Four appearances in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2010; 17 straight NCAA Tourney Appearances; 7 Conference Championships; 4 Conference Tournament Championships|
Jud Heathcote era (1976–1995)
Jud Heathcote led the Spartans to the 1979 national championship and coached one of the game's all-time greats, Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Heathcote succeeded Gus Ganakas, who is currently an MSU basketball radio announcer, as coach in 1976. Heathcote stepped down in 1995 with nine NCAA appearances, three Big Ten championships and three NIT appearances.
Results by season under Heathcote:
|Michigan State (Big Ten Conference) (1976–1995)|
|1977–1978||Michigan St.||25-5||15-3||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1978–1979||Michigan St.||26-6||13-5||1st||NCAA Champions|
|1982–1983||Michigan St.||17-13||9-9||T-6th||NIT Second Round|
|1984–1985||Michigan St.||19-10||10-8||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|1985–1986||Michigan St.||23-8||12-6||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1988-1989||Michigan St.||18-15||6-12||T-8th||NIT Final Four|
|1989-1990||Michigan St.||28-6||15-3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1990-1991||Michigan St.||19-11||11-7||T-3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1991-1992||Michigan St.||22-8||11-7||T-3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|1992-1993||Michigan St.||15-13||7-11||T-8th||NIT First Round|
|1993-1994||Michigan St.||20-12||10-8||T-4th||NCAA Second Round|
|1994-1995||Michigan St.||22-6||14-4||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|Michigan St.:||340-220 (.607)||181-161 (.529)|
Tom Izzo era (1995–present)
Since 1995, the team has been coached by Tom Izzo, who has an overall record of 466–184 as head coach at Michigan State. Izzo coached the Spartans to their second national championship in 2000 with an 89–76 victory over Florida. Izzo has guided the Spartans to six of thirteen NCAA Final Fours from 1999 to 2011, an accomplishment unmatched by any other college basketball program during that span. The coach has also appeared in a postseason tournament every year he has headed the MSU basketball program.
Izzo has received numerous awards including the 1998 Associated Press National Coach of the Year, the 1998 Basketball News National Coach of the Year, the 1998 United States Basketball Writers Association Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, the 1998 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, the 1998 Basketball Times Mideast Coach of the Year, the 1999 Basketball News Coach of the Year Award, the 2001 National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year Award, the 2005 Clair Bee Award, the 2009 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year and the 2012 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year.
Izzo also helped his assistants secure head coaching jobs across the basketball world. Five current Division I head coaches served as assistants under Izzo: Brian Gregory at Georgia Tech, Tom Crean at Indiana, Stan Heath at South Florida, Mark Montgomery at Northern Illinois, and Doug Wojcik at Tulsa. Current assistant coach Mike Garland spent three seasons as head coach at Cleveland State following an initial seven-year stint at MSU. Former MSU assistant Stan Joplin had previously coached at Toledo until he was let go following the 2007–08 season.
Results by season under Izzo:
|Michigan State (Big Ten Conference) (1995–Current)|
|1995–1996||Michigan State||16–16||9–9||7th||NIT 2nd Round|
|1996–1997||Michigan State||17–12||9–9||T–6th||NIT 2nd Round|
|1997–1998||Michigan State||22–8||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1998–1999||Michigan State||33–5||15–1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1999–2000||Michigan State||32–7||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Champions|
|2000–2001||Michigan State||28–5||13–3||T–1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2001–2002||Michigan State||19–12||10–6||5th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2002–2003||Michigan State||22–13||10–6||T–3rd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2003–2004||Michigan State||18–12||12–4||T–2nd||NCAA 1st Round|
|2004–2005||Michigan State||26–7||13–3||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|2005–2006||Michigan State||22–12||8–8||T–6th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006–2007||Michigan State||23–12||8–8||T–7th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2007–2008||Michigan State||27–9||12–6||4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2008–2009||Michigan State||31–7||15–3||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2009–2010||Michigan State||28–9||14–4||T–1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2010–2011||Michigan State||19–15||9–9||T–4th||NCAA 1st Round|
|2011–2012||Michigan State||29–8||13–5||T-1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2012–2013||Michigan State||27–9||13-5||T–2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2013–2014||Michigan State||29–8||12-6||T–2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Michigan State Spartans retired numbers|
|42||Morris Peterson||SG, SF||1995–2000|
|-||Jud Heathcote||Head Coach||1976–95|
Spartans formerly or currently in the NBA include Maurice Ager, Alan Anderson, Charlie Bell, Shannon Brown, Mateen Cleaves, Erazem Lorbek, Paul Davis, Terry Furlow, Jamie Feick, Johnny Green, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Greg Kelser, Morris Peterson, Zach Randolph, Shawn Respert, Jason Richardson, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith, Eric Snow, Sam Vincent, Jay Vincent, Kevin Willis, and Draymond Green. Former Spartan Robin Roberts played Major League Baseball and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame while another former Spartan, Brad Van Pelt, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Johnny Green, Greg Kelser, Magic Johnson, Jay Vincent, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith, Shawn Respert, Morris Peterson, and Mateen Cleaves are all former student athletes who have had their jersey number retired by Michigan State. The school also has raised a banner to the rafters honoring former coach Jud Heathcote.
The Spartans have appeared in 28 NCAA basketball tournaments with 2 NCAA basketball national championships. They also count 8 Final Fours and sport a 56-25 all-time NCAA tournament record following their most recent performance in the 2013 NCAA tournament. Michigan State has reached at least the Sweet Sixteen in 11 of the last 16 years, including 7 Elite Eight appearances and 6 Final Fours in that stretch. MSU has accepted a bid to the National Invitation Tournament five times, the most recent being in 1997.
|Round #2||#10 Lamar||95-64|
|Sweet 16||#3 LSU||87-71|
|Elite 8||#1 Notre Dame||80-68|
|Final 4||#9 Penn||101-67|
|Championship||#1 Indiana State||75-64|
|Round #1||#16 Valparaiso||65-38|
|Round #2||#8 Utah||73-61|
|Sweet 16||#4 Syracuse||75-58|
|Elite 8||#2 Iowa State||75-64|
|Final 4||#8 Wisconsin||53-41|
NCAA Tournament history & seeds
National Invitation Tournament appearances
Tom Izzo's teams have worn five different styles of jerseys during his eighteen years at Michigan State.
The current home jersey, introduced as part of a rebranding effort by the athletic department in April 2010, is white with green uniform numbers and a green custom font "SPARTANS" across the chest. The road jersey is green with white uniform numbers and a white custom font "SPARTANS" across the chest. The Spartans do not currently wear an official alternate uniform but the team has worn a silver alternate, a 1979 throwback, and a MAC (Michigan Agricultural College) uniform in the past. The team also wore specially-made camouflage jerseys for the 2011 Carrier Classic, played on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier against North Carolina.
Nike, Inc. started making jerseys for the team at the start of the 2000-01 season.
The Spartans play home games at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on campus in East Lansing, Michigan. The arena is commonly referred to as "Breslin" and "the Bres", and was opened in 1989. It is named for Jacweir "Jack" Breslin, an MSU alumnus, former athlete and administrator, who first began pushing for the arena in 1969. Its capacity is 14,797 seats, and the stadium superseded Jenison Fieldhouse.
The arena's current basketball court is the same floor where the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which was at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The school purchased the floor from the NCAA and Final Four floor installer Horner Flooring after the title game. A plaque was installed on the baseline near the Michigan State tunnel to commemorate the floor's role in the school's history.
The Breslin Center is home to the Izzone, a large student section named after Coach Izzo, the basketball team's head coach since 1995. The student section had been named Spartan Spirits and Jud's Jungle prior to Izzo's prominence at the school. The Izzone routinely gets mentioned in discussions of the nation's top student fan sections, and in 2006 was ranked as the 4th best in the country. The section helped cheer the Spartans to a 53-game home win streak between 1998 and 2002 and also a 28 game winning streak from 2007 and 2009.
Notes and references
- "Blue bloods reign in Friday's". ESPN. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- "Tennessee hopes to get where Mich. St. has been". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
- MSU Spartans.com Basketball Falls To No. 8 Kentucky, 79-74.
- Michigan State Michigan State University Spartans, Official Athletic Site - Michigan State
- Seibold, Jack (October 1, 2003). The Spartan Sports Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-58261-219-5.
- Basketball Returns To Action Against The Citadel :: Spartans look for third victory in five days
- Player Bio: Tom Izzo :: Basketball
- Cleaves Gets Emotional As Michigan State Retires His Jersey :: Former Spartan All-American honored in pre-game ceremony
- NIT - National Invitation Tournament
- 2008 College Basketball Tournament Brackets - CBSSports.com
- 2008 College Basketball Tournament Brackets - CBSSports.com
- NCAA Basketball - CBSSports.com
- Photo Gallery
- Ramsey, Ethan (2005-03-29). "Champs given shot to purchase Final Four court". The Daily Orange. Retrieved 2008-01-28.[dead link]
- "SI.com - Best Student Sections - Feb 22, 2006". CNN. February 22, 2006. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- ESPN - Michigan State vs. Wisconsin - Recap - January 16, 2005