1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
NCAA Tournament National champions
Big Ten regular season co-champions
Big Ten Tournament champions
Coca Cola Spartan Classic champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 2
1999–2000 record 32–7 (13–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Izzo (5th season)
Assistant coach Stan Heath (4th season)
Assistant coach Mike Garland (4th season)
Assistant coach Brian Gregory (1st season)
Captain Mateen Cleaves
Captain A.J. Granger
Captain Morris Peterson
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons


1999–2000 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 Michigan State 13 3   .813     32 7   .821
No. 25 Purdue 12 4   .750     24 10   .706
No. 21 Illinois 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
No. 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
No. 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. The team played their home games at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. They were coached by Tom Izzo, in his fifth year as head coach, and were members of the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans finished the season 32–7, 13–3 to win a share of the Big Ten regular season championship for the third consecutive year. They won the Big Ten Tournament championship for the second consecutive year. As a result, they received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Final Four for the second consecutive year. After a win in the National Semifinal, MSU won the National Championship over Florida. The win marked the school's second National Championship and Izzo's only championship to date.

Previous season[edit]

The Spartans finished the 1998–99 season with an overall record of 33–5, 15–1 to finish in first place in Big Ten play. Michigan State received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their second consecutive trip to the Tournament, and advanced to the Final Four, their first trip to the Final Four under Tom Izzo.

Season summary[edit]

Non-conference play[edit]

The Spartans were looking to build on their Final Four appearance the year before with seniors, Mateen Cleaves (12.1 points and 6.9 assist per game) and Morris Peterson (16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game), leading the way. MSU began the season ranked No. 3 in the country, but were without starting point guard and team captain, Cleaves, who sustained a stress fracture in his right foot during the offseason.[1]

Without Cleaves, the Spartans began the season with a home win over Toledo[2] before travelling to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Shootout. In Puerto Rico, they defeated Providence[3] and South Carolina to advance to the championship of the tournament.[4] In the championship game, the lost to No. 20 Texas.[5][6] The Spartans went on to defeat No. 2 North Carolina on the road as part of the inaugural ACC–Big Ten Challenge.[7] MSU returned to East Lansing for easy wins over Howard[8] and Eastern Michigan.[9] A win over No. 5-ranked Kansas in the Great Eight in Chicago followed.[10] A road loss to No. 2 Arizona followed the neutral court win over Kansas.[11] MSU sandwiched home wins over Oakland[12] and Mississippi Valley State[13] around a loss on the road to unranked Kentucky.[14] A schocking loss on the road at Wright State added to the early season strugglesand ended the nonconference slate.[15] MSU would enter the Big Ten schedule at 9–4 and ranked No. 11 in the country.

Big Ten play[edit]

Cleaves returned to the Spartans lineup on January 5, 2000 to help the Spartans to wins over Penn State[16] and Iowa.[17] Led by Cleaves the Spartans defeated No. 9 Indiana[18] before losing their first Big Ten game on the road to No. 7 Ohio State.[19] The loss stopped MSU's 21-game conference winning streak dating back to 1999. The Spartans bounced back with wins over Northwestern[20] in back-to-back games, holding Northwestern to 29 points in the second game.[21] A win over Illinois led by Charlie Bell's 20 points led to a matchup against rival Michigan with the Spartans at 15–5, 6–1 on the season.[22] In Ann Arbor, MSU blew out the Wolverines as Michigan was without leading scorer Jamal Crawford who was declared ineligible 20 minutes before the game started because of NCAA investigations.[23] Led by Morris Peterson's 32 points and 10 points, MSU had no problems with Michigan especially without their leading scorer, winning by 20.[23] MSU then stepped out of conference for a matchup with No. 7 Connecticut, a fellow participant in the prior year's Final Four.[24] The Spartans had no problems with the Huskies, scoring 25 second chance points and 20 points off Huskie turnovers.[24] MSU returned to the Big Ten to face Purdue in West Lafayette and were upset, falling 70–67.[25] The loss dropped the Spartans to 17–6, 7–2. The Spartans would rebound to beat Wisconsin in Madison[26] before beating No. 7 Ohio State to avenge their earlier loss.[27] A close win over Wisconsin in East Lansing marked their 26th straight win in the Breslin Center and pushed the Spartans to 10–2 in conference.[28] A road win over Penn State[29] preceded an overtime road loss to Indiana.[30] MSU returned home and blew out Minnesota 79–43.[31] In the final regular season game of the season, the Spartans faced Michigan. Cleaves dished out 20 assists as he set the Big Ten career record for assists in the 114–63 thumping of the Wolverines.[32]

The Spartans finished the conference slate with a 13–3 conference record and 23–7 overall while being ranked No. 2 in the country. MSU earned a share of the Big Ten regular season title with Ohio State, their third consecutive championship.

Big Ten Tournament[edit]

The Spartans went on to win the third annual Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed, defeating No. 25 Illinois for the championship for the second consecutive year.[33] Cleaves and Peterson were named to the All–Tournament Team and Peterson was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.[33]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

As a result of their strong finish, the Spartans were awarded the No. 1 seed, their second consecutive No. 1 seed, in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. From there, the Spartans cruised to their third consecutive Sweet Sixteen with wins over Valparaiso,[34][35] and Utah.[36][37] MSU continued their National Championship push by reaching their second consecutive Final Four with wins over Syracuse[38][39] and Iowa State.[40][41] MSU won every game by double digits despite playing the best possible seed in each round. In their Final Four matchup, Michigan State faced off against fellow Big Ten foe, Wisconsin, beating them in a hard fought game, 53–41.[42]

In the National Championship game, the Spartans triumphed over the Florida 89–76, despite losing Cleaves to an ankle injury 3:42 into the second half.[43] Cleaves eventually returned, severely limping and in obvious pain, to lead the Spartans to the championship.[44] Cleaves was subsequently named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Joining Cleaves on the NCAA All-Tournament Team were Morris Peterson, Charlie Bell, and A.J. Granger. The National Championship was the school's second ever basketball National Companionship and first since 1979.

Roster and stats[edit]

1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Number Name Class Pos Height Pts Rbd Ast
25 Aloyisus Anagonye FR F 6–8 2.9 3.0 0.3
55 Adam Ballinger FR F 6–9 2.0 1.7 0.3
14 Charlie Bell JR G 6–3 11.5 4.9 3.2
20 Mike Chappell JR F 6–9 5.9 2.2 0.6
22 Steve Cherry SR F 6–6 0.7 0.2 0.3
12 Mateen Cleaves SR G 6–2 12.1 1.8 6.9
43 A.J. Granger SR F 6–9 9.5 5.3 1.2
34 Andre Hutson JR F 6–8 10.2 6.2 1.5
Matt Ishbia FR G 5–10 0.5 0.2 0.2
42 Morris Peterson SR F 6–7 16.8 6.0 1.3
23 Jason Richardson FR F 6–6 5.1 4.1 0.6
10 Brandon Smith JR G 5–11 0.4 0.2 0.8
11 David Thomas JR F 6–7 2.4 2.4 1.5

Source[45]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 5, 1999*
7:30 pm
California All-Stars W 115–66 
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Nov 5, 1999*
7:30 pm
Mexican All-Stars W 79–69 
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Regular season
Nov 22, 1999*
7:30 pm
No. 3 Toledo W 78–33  1–0
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Nov 25, 1999*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. Providence
Puerto Rico Shootout
W 82–58  2–0
Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez 
Bayamon, PR
Nov 26, 1999*
2:30 pm
No. 3 vs. South Carolina
Puerto Rico Shootout semifinals
W 59–56  3–0
Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez 
Bayamon, PR
Nov 27, 1999*
7:00 pm
No. 3 vs. No. 20 Texas
Puerto Rico Shootout championship
L 74–81  3–1
Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez 
Bayamon, PR
Dec 1, 1999*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 at No. 2 North Carolina
ACC-Big Ten Challenge
W 86–76  4–1
Dean Smith Center 
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 3, 1999*
6:00 pm
No. 8 Howard
Coca Cola Spartan Classic
W 75–45  5–1
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 4, 1999*
8:30 pm
No. 8 Eastern Michigan
Coca Cola Spartan Classic championship
W 74–57  6–1
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 7, 1999*
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 vs. No. 5 Kansas
Great Eight
W 66–54  7–1
United Center 
Chicago, IL
Dec 11, 1999*
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 4 at No. 2 Arizona L 68–79  7–2
McKale Center 
Tucson, AZ
Dec 18, 1999*
7:30 pm
No. 5 Oakland W 86–51  8–2
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 23, 1999*
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 at Kentucky L 58–60  8–3
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
Dec 28, 1999*
7:30 pm
No. 8 Mississippi Valley St. W 96–63  9–3
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 30, 1999*
7:00 pm
No. 8 at Wright State L 49–53  9–4
Nutter Center 
Dayton, OH
Jan 5, 2000
7:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 11 Penn State W 76–63  10–4
(1–0)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 8, 2000
8:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 11 at Iowa W 75–53  11–4
(2–0)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
Jan 11, 2000
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 11 No. 9 Indiana W 77–71 OT 12–4
(3–0)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 20, 2000
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at No. 13 Ohio State L 67–78  12–5
(3–1)
Value City Arena (19,100)
Columbus, OH
Jan 22, 2000
12:07 pm, ESPN Plus Regional
No. 10 Northwestern W 69–45  13–5
(4–1)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 27, 2000
8:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 9 at Northwestern W 59–29  14–5
(5–1)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
Jan 30, 2000
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 9 Illinois W 91–66  15–5
(6–1)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 1, 2000
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 at Michigan
Rivalry
W 82–62  16–5
(7–1)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 5, 2000*
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 8 No. 7 Connecticut W 85–66  17–5
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 8, 200
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Purdue L 67–70  17–6
(7–2)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 12, 2000
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Wisconsin W 61–44  18–6
(8–2)
Kohl Center 
Madison, WI
Feb 15, 2000
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 No. 7 Ohio State W 83–72  19–6
(9–2)
Breslin Center (14,659)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 19, 2000
4:30 pm, ESPN Plus Regional
No. 6 Wisconsin W 59–54  20–6
(10–2)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 23
9:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 5 at Penn State W 79–63  21–6
(11–2)
Bryce Jordan Center 
University Park, PA
Feb 26, 2000
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 at No. 16 Indiana L 79–81 OT 21–7
(11–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
Mar 2, 2000
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Minnesota W 79–43  22–7
(12–3)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Mar 4, 2000
12:22 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 7 Michigan
Rivalry
W 114–63  23–7
(13–3)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 10, 2000
6:40 pm, ESPN Regional
(2) No. 5 vs. (7) Iowa
quarterfinals
W 75–65  24–7
United Center 
Chicago, IL
Mar 11, 2000
4:00 pm, CBS
(2) No. 5 vs. (6) Wisconsin
semifinals
W 55–46  25–7
United Center 
Chicago, IL
Mar 12, 2000
2:30 pm, CBS
(2) No. 5 vs. (4) No. 25 Illinois
championship
W 76–61  26–7
United Center 
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2000*
7:40 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 2 vs. (16 MW) Valparaiso
First Round
W 65–38  27–7
Wolstein Center 
Cleveland, OH
Mar 18, 2000*
3:30 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 2 vs. (8 MW) Utah
Second Round
W 73–61  28–7
Wolstein Center 
Cleveland, OH
Mar 23, 2000*
7:38 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 2 vs. (4 MW) No. 16 Syracuse
Regional Semifinal
W 75–58  29–7
The Palace of Auburn Hills 
Auburn Hills, MI
Mar 25, 2000*
7:00 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 2 vs. (2 MW) No. 6 Iowa State
Regional Final
W 75–64  30–7
The Palace of Auburn Hills 
Auburn Hills, MI
Apr 1, 2000*
5:42 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 2 vs. (8 W) Wisconsin
National Semifinal
W 53–41  31–7
RCA Dome (43,116)
Indianapolis, IN
Apr 3, 2000*
9:18 pm, CBS
(1 MW) No. 2 vs. (5 E) No. 13 Florida
National Championship
W 89–76  32–7
RCA Dome (43,116)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time..

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre 11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 12/14 12/21 12/28 1/4 1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 2/8 2/15 2/22 2/29 3/7 Final
AP 3 2 3 8 4 5 5 8 11 11 10 9 8 6 6 5 7 5 2

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Mateen Cleaves – NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player[46][47]
  • Mateen Cleaves – All-Big Ten First Team
  • Morris Peterson – All-Big Ten First Team
  • Morris Peterson – Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball
  • Morris Peterson – Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player

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