2001–02 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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2001–02 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Big Ten Conference
2001–02 record 19–12 (10–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Izzo (7th season)
Associate head coach Brian Gregory (3rd season)
Assistant coach Mike Garland (6th season)
Assistant coach Mark Montgomery (1st season)
Captain Aloysius Anagonye
Captain Adam Ballinger
Captain Marcus Taylor
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons
2001–02 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#13 Illinois 11 5   .688     26 9   .743
Indiana 11 5   .688     25 12   .676
Wisconsin 11 5   .688     19 13   .594
Michigan State 10 6   .625     19 12   .613
Minnesota 9 7   .563     18 13   .581
Northwestern 7 9   .438     16 13   .552
Iowa 5 11   .313     19 16   .543
Purdue 5 11   .313     13 18   .419
Michigan 5 11   .313     11 18   .379
Penn State 3 13   .188     7 21   .250
#14 Ohio State*† 0 0       0 0  
2002 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Ohio State: 30 reg. season games; 2 NCAA Tourn. games vacated due to sanctions against the program
Disputed record: Ohio State-(24-8)(11-5)

The 2001–02 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were coached by Tom Izzo in his seventh season. The Spartans played their home games at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan and were members of the Big Ten Conference. MSU finished the regular season 19–12, 10–6 to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten. The Spartans received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive year where they lost in the First Round to NC State.

Previous season[edit]

The Spartans finished the 2000–01 season 28–5, 13–3 in Big Ten playt to finish in second place. Michigan State received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their fourth straight trip to the Tournament, and advanced the Final Four, their third straight trip under Tom Izzo.

The Spartans lost Charlie Bell (13.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.1 APG) to graduation and freshman Zach Randolph (10.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.0 APG) and sophomore Jason Richardson (14.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.2 APG) to the NBA Draft following the season.

Season summary[edit]

After three consecutive years of trips to the Final Four, the Spartans began the season ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll. Michigan State was led by sophomore Marcus Taylor (16.8 points and 5.3 assists per game), freshman Chris Hill (11.5 points per game), and junior Adam Ballinger (11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game). The Spartans participated in the Preseason NIT where they defeated Detroit[1] and No. 24 Oklahoma[2] at Breslin Center, but then fell to No. 18 Syracuse[3] and No. 23 Fresno State at Madison Square Garden.[4] The Spartans also suffered non-conference losses to No. 6 Florida[5] and No. 16 Stanford,[6] but did beat No. 6 Arizona in a rematch of their Final Four clash the previous Spring.[7] MSU finished the non-conference season at 9–4 and ranked No. 19 in the country.

In Big Ten play, MSU started the season with three straight losses, the last to Wisconsin, which snapped MSU's 53-game home winning streak.[8][9] The Spartans did defeat No. 12 Illinois,[10] No. 18 Ohio State at home[11] and on the road,[12] and No. 23 Indiana.[13] Michigan State finished the conference schedule at 10–6 and in fourth place with an overall record of 19–10. The Spartans slipped out of the ranking following their opening conference losses and remained unranked the remainder of the season. MSU lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to No. 23 Indiana marking the first time since 1997 that Michigan State did not win either the Big Ten regular season or tournament title.[14]

The Spartans received an at-large bid as a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their fifth consecutive trip. The Spartans were eliminated in the First Round by NC State.[15]

Following the season, sophomore Marcus Taylor declared for the NBA Draft.

Roster[edit]

2001–02 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Name Class Pos Height Summary
Aaron Alexander SO 0.3 Pts, 0.3 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Aloysius Anagonye SO F 6'8" 7.7 Pts, 6.3 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Alan Anderson FR F 6'6" 6.5 Pts, 4.2 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Jason Andreas SO C 6'10" 2.6 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Adam Ballinger JR F 6'9" 11.2 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 1.1 Ast
Tim Bograkos FR G 6'2" 1.4 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Chris Hill FR G 6'3" 11.5 Pts, 3.2 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Mat Ishbia SR G 5'10" 1.1 Pts, 0.2 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Marcus Taylor SO G 6'3" 16.8 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 5.3 Ast
Kelvin Torbert FR G 6'4" 8.2 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Brian Westrick JR F 6'5" 0.8 Pts, 0.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Adam Wolfe FR F 6'9" 1.7 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Source[16]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 2, 2001*
Magic Johnson All-Stars W 89–87 
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Nov 18, 2001*
Midwest All-Stars W 72–62 OT
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 12, 2001*
, ESPN2
No. 15 Detroit
Preseason NIT
W 80–70  1–0
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Nov 14, 2001*
No. 15 No. 24 Oklahoma
Preseason NIT
W 67–55  2–0
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Nov 21, 2001*
No. 13 vs. No. 18 Syracuse
Preseason NIT semifinals
L 58–69  2–1
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
Nov 23, 2001*
No. 13 vs. No. 21 Fresno State
Preseason NIT third place game
L 58–63  2–2
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
Nov 30, 2001*
No. 22 vs. No. 9 Virginia
Cancelled because of wet floor and unplayable conditions [17]
  
Richmond Coliseum 
Richmond, VA
Nov 30, 2001*
No. 22 IPFW
Coca Cola Spartan Classic
W 81–68  3–2
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 1, 2001*
No. 22 Lamar
Coca Cola Spartan Classic championship
W 80–71  4–2
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 5, 2001*
No. 24 at No. 4 Florida L 70–74  4–3
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, FL
Dec 9, 2001*
No. 24 Nicholls State W 92–38  5–3
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 15, 2001*
No. 23 No. 6 Arizona W 74–60  6–3
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 17, 2001*
No. 17 UNC-Asheville W 76-56  7–3
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 19, 2001*
No. 17 Oakland W 78–50  8–3
Breslin Center 
East Lansing
Dec 22, 2001*
No. 17 Seton Hall W 68–64  9–3
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 29, 2001*
No. 13 No. 16 Stanford
Pete Newell Challenge
L 64–75  9–4
The Arena in Oakland 
Oakland, CA
Big Ten regular season
Jan 5, 2002
No. 19 at Minnesota L 67–70  9–5
(0–1)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 8, 2002
No. 25 at Indiana L 65–83  9–6
(0–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
Jan 12, 2002
No. 25 Wisconsin L 63–64  9-7
(0–3)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 16, 2002
Purdue W 65–56  10–7
(1–3)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 19, 2002
at Penn State W 77–65  11–7
(2–3)
Bryce Jordan Center 
State College, PA
Jan 22, 2002
at Iowa L 71–75  11–8
(2–4)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
Jan 30, 2002
Michigan
Rivalry
W 71–44  12–8
(3–4)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 3, 2002
at No. 12 Illinois W 67–61  13–8
(4–4)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
Feb 6, 2002
at Northwestern L 49–61  13–9
(4–5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
Feb 10, 2002
Ohio State W 67–64  14–9
(5–5)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 12, 2002
Illinois L 61–63  14–10
(5–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 16, 2002
at Purdue W 62–59  15–10
(6–6)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 21, 200
Minnesota W 74–55  16–10
(7–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 24, 2002
No. 23 Indiana W 57–54  17–10
(8–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 26, 2002
at No. 18 Ohio State W 81–76  18–10
(9–6)
Value City Arena 
Columbus, OH
Mar 2, 2002
Iowa W 93–79  19–10
(10–6)
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 8, 2002
, ESPN2
(5) vs. (4) Indiana
quarterfinals
L 56–67  19–11
(10–6)
Conseco Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2002*
, CBS
(10 E) vs. (7 E) North Carolina State
First Round
L 69–58  19–12
MCI Center 
Washington, DC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time [18][19].

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 Wk 19 Final
AP 15 13 22 24 23 17 13 19 25 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Marcus Taylor – All-Big Ten First Team[20]
  • Marcus Taylor – USBWA All-District Team[21]
  • Adam Ballinger – All-Big Ten Third Team (Media)[20]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Spartans Stop No. 25 Oklahoma, 67-55 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Men's Hoops Drops One To No. 18 Syracuse, 69-58 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Spartans Drop Second Straight - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  5. ^ "Spartan Rally Falls Short Against No. 6 Florida, 74-70 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  6. ^ "No. 13 Men's Hoops Downed By No. 16 Stanford, 75-64 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Michigan State Keeps Arizona In Check, 74-60". ArizonaWildcats.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Badgers End MSU's Home Win Streak". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Men's Hoops Edged By Wisconsin, 64-63 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Spartans Sink No. 12 Illinois, 67-61 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  11. ^ "Spartans Beat No. 16 Buckeyes, 67-64 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  12. ^ "Spartans Rally To Beat Buckeyes, 81-76 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  13. ^ "Spartans Take Down No. 23 Indiana, 57-54 - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  14. ^ "Spartans Fall To Indiana In Big Ten Tourney - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  15. ^ "Espn.com". Wolfpack rally to dispatch Michigan State. Archived from the original on 2004-01-11. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  16. ^ "2002 Michigan State Spartans". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  17. ^ http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/112801aaa.html
  18. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/michigan-state/2002-schedule.html
  19. ^ http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/111801aaa.html
  20. ^ a b "Marcus Taylor Named First-Team All-Big Ten; Ballinger Also Honored - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  21. ^ "Taylor Selected To USBWA All-District Team - Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.