1994–95 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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1994–95 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Oldsmobile Spartan Classic champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 11
1994–95 record 22–6 (14–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Jud Heathcote (19th season)
Assistant coach Tom Izzo
Assistant coach Stan Joplin
Assistant coach Brian Gregory
Captain Eric Snow
Captain Shawn Respert
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons
1994–95 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 7   .781
#11 Michigan State 14 4   .778     22 6   .786
Indiana 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Michigan 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Illinois 10 8   .556     19 12   .613
Minnesota 10 8   .556     20 11   .645
Penn State 9 9   .500     21 11   .656
Iowa 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Ohio State 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Northwestern 1 17   .056     5 22   .185
Rankings from AP Poll
*Minnesota 1 NCAA Tourn. game vacated due to sanctions against the program; 1 Win by forfeit (non-conf.)
Disputed record (19-13)

The 1994–95 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 1994–95 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played their home games at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan and were members of the Big Ten Conference. They were coached by Jud Heathcote in his 19th and final season at Michigan State. The Spartans finished the season with a record of 22–6, 14–4 to finish in second place in Big Ten play, one game behind Purdue. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed where they surprised by 14th-seeded Weber State in the First Round 79–72.[1] The game marked the final game of All-American Shawn Respert's career at MSU as well as the final game of head coach Jud Heathcote after 19 years with the Spartans.

Previous season[edit]

The Spartans finished the 1993–94 season with an overall record of 20–12, 10–8 in fourth place in the Big Ten. Michigan State received an at-large bid as a #7 seed to the NCAA Tournament. They defeated Seton Hall before losing to Duke in the Second Round.

Roster[edit]

1994–95 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Name Class Pos Height Summary
Damion Beathea JR F 6'7" 5.0 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Quinton Brooks JR F 6'7" 11.3 Pts, 5.2 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Jamie Feick JR C 6'9" 9.9 Pts, 10.0 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Joe Garavaglia SO F 6'3" 7.6 Pts, 5.1 Reb, 0.6 Ast
David Hart JR G 6'4" 0.5 Pts, 0.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Thomas Kelley FR G 6'2" 1.4 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Steve Nicodemus JR G 6'4" 1.2 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Andy Penick SR G 6'2" 1.6 Pts, 0.2 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Steve Polonowski SO F 6'9" 2.2 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Mark Prylow SR G 6'3" 0.8 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Mike Respert SO G 5'11" 1.3 Pts, 0.1 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Shawn Respert SR G 6'1" 25.6 Pts, 4.0 Reb, 3.0 Ast
Eric Snow SR G 6'3" 10.8 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 7.8 Ast
Ray Weathers SO G 6'3" 3.5 Pts, 2.0 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Source[2]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
Nov 30, 1994*
No. 18 at UIC W 92–78  1–0
UIC Pavilion 
Chicago, IL
Dec 3, 1994*
No. 18 Louisville W 85–71  2–0
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 10, 1994*
No. 15 at Nebraska L 91–96  2–1
Bob Devaney Sports Center 
Lincoln, NE
Dec 12, 1994*
No. 18 Cleveland State W 111–68  3–1
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 17, 1994*
No. 18 at Detroit Mercy W 80–63  4–1
Calihan Hall 
Detroit, MI
Dec 20, 1994*
No. 17 Tennessee W 78–68  5–1
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 29, 1994*
No. 15 Ball State
Oldsmobile Spartan Classic semifinals
W 117–95  6–1
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 30 1994*
No. 15 Long Beach State
Oldsmobile Spartan Classic championship
W 67–64  7–1
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 4, 1995
No. 14 at Wisconsin W 78–64  8–1
(1–0)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, WI
Jan 7, 1995
No. 14 No. 22 Iowa W 69–68  9–1
(2–0)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 11, 1995
No. 11 at Indiana L 82–89  9–2
(2–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
Jan 14, 1995*
No. 11 Oklahoma State W 70–69  10–2
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 18, 1995
No. 12 Northwestern W 93–56  11–2
(3–1)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 22, 1995
No. 12 at Michigan
Rivalry
W 73–71  12–2
(4–1)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 25, 1995
No. 10 Minnesota W 54–53  13–2
(5–1)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 28, 1995
No. 10 at Illinois W 75–67  14–2
(6–1)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
Feb 2, 1995
No. 9 Penn State W 82–62  15–2
(7–1)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 4, 1995
No. 9 at Ohio State W 67–58  16–2
(8–1)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, OH
Feb 7, 1995
No. 7 No. 25 Purdue L 69–78  16–3
(8–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 11, 1995
No. 7 Penn State W 68–53  17–3
(9–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 15, 1995
No. 8 Illinois W 68–58  18–3
(10–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 18, 1995
No. 8 at No. 24 Minnesota L 57–66  18–4
(10–3)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 21, 1995
No. 12 Michigan
Rivalry
W 67–64  19–4
(11–3)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 25, 1995
No. 12 at Northwestern W 88–60  20–4
(12–3)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
Mar 5, 1995
No. 10 Indiana W 67–61  21–4
(13–3)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Mar 8, 1995
No. 9 at Iowa L 78–79  21–5
(13–4)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
Mar 11, 1995
No. 9 Wisconsin W 97–72  22–5
(14–4)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
NCAA Tournament
Mar 17, 1995*
(3 SE) No. 11 (14 SE) Weber State
First Round
L 72–79  22–6
Donald L. Tucker Center 
Tallahassee, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll,. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time
Source[3].

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18
AP 20 17 18 15 18 17 15 14 11 12 10 9 7 8 12 10 9 11

Source.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Shawn Respert – All-Big Ten First Team

References[edit]