2007–08 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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2007–08 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 18
2007–08 record 27–9 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Izzo (13th season)
Associate head coach Mark Montgomery (7th season)
Assistant coach Dwayne Stephens (5th season)
Assistant coach Mike Garland (1st season)
Captain Drew Neitzel
Captain Travis Walton
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons
2007–08 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Wisconsin 16 2   .889     31 5   .861
No. 20 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 9   .735
Indiana 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
No. 18 Michigan State 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
Ohio State 10 8   .556     24 13   .649
Minnesota 8 10   .444     20 14   .588
Penn State 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Iowa 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Illinois 5 13   .278     16 19   .457
Michigan 5 13   .278     10 22   .313
Northwestern 1 17   .056     8 22   .267
2008 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of March 23, 2008; Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2007–08 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They played their home games at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan and were coached by 13th-year head coach, Tom Izzo. MSU finished the season 27–9, 12–6 to finish in fourth place in Big Ten play. They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive year and reached the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Memphis.

Previous season[edit]

The Spartans finished the 2006–07 season with an overall record of 23–12, 8–8 in Big Ten play to finish in seventh place. Michigan State received a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their 10th straight trip to the Tournament, and advanced to the Second Round before losing to North Carolina.

Season summary[edit]

The Spartans were led by senior Drew Neitzel (13.9 points and 4 rebounds per game), sophomore Raymar Morgan (14.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game), and freshman Kalin Lucas (10.3 points and 3.8 assists per game).

Michigan State began the season ranked No. 8 in the country and participated in the CBE Classic, losing to No. 2 UCLA in the finals.[2] They cruised through the remaining non-conference schedule with wins over No. 24 NC State,[3] No. 20 BYU,[4] and No. 4 Texas,[5] finishing 12–1 and ranked No. 6 in the country.

MSU won six of their first seven Big Ten games, their lone loss an ugly 43–36 loss to Iowa on the road.[6] They lost four of their next seven games thereafter at Penn State, at No. 19 Purdue,[7] at No. 13 Indiana,[8] and at No. 10 Wisconsin.[9] They avenged their loss to Indiana by blowing them out 103–74 at the Breslin Center on March 2 after Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson had resigned.[10] They finished with a loss at Ohio State to finish in fourth place in the Big Ten with a record of 12–6 record and 24–7 overall. They finished the season ranked 18th in the country.

As the No. 4 seed tn the Big Ten Tournament, they beat Ohio State 67–60 led by Drew Netizel's season-high 28 points.[11] In the semifinals, MSU led by as many as 12 in the second half, they were defeated by two points by No. 8 Wisconsin.[12] The Spartans were called for 30 fouls in the game and had four players foul out.[12]

The Spartans received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament to mark their 11th consecutive trip to the Tournament under Tom Izzo. As a No. 5 seed, the Spartans, led by Raymar Morgan's 15 points, beat No. 12-seeded Temple 72–61.[13] In the Second Round, the Spartans looked to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in 11 years. Led by Drew Neitzel's 21 points and Kalin Lucas' 19, the Spartans overcame No. 17 Pittsburgh to move on to the Sweet Sixteen.[14] In the Sweet Sixteen, the Spartans faced No. 2-ranked Memphis. Led by Derrick Rose's 27 points, the Tigers routed the Spartans, leading 50–20 at the half and cruising to 18-point win over MSU.[15] Goran Suton led the Spartans with 23 points and Chris Allen had 20.[16] It marked senior Drew Neitzel's final game for the Spartans.

2007 Recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kalin Lucas
#6 PG
Orchard Lake, Michigan St. Mary's High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Dec 29, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Durrell Summers
#14 SG
Redford, Michigan Covenant Christian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jan 25, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Chris Allen
#16 SG
Lawrenceville, Georgia Meadowcreek High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jan 9, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Austin Thornton
SF
Sand Lake, Michigan Cedar Springs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Feb 16, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2008–09 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 3 Allen, ChrisChris Allen 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Meadowcreek Lawrenceville, Georgia
F 10 Crandell, JohnJohn Crandell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Rochester Adams Rochester, Michigan
G 11 Dahlman, IsaiahIsaiah Dahlman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Braham Area Braham, Minnesota
F 41 Gray, MarquiseMarquise Gray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Beecher Flint, Michigan
C 40 Herzog, TomTom Herzog 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr Powers Flint, Michigan
C 00 Ibok, IdongIdong Ibok 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) RS Jr Montverde (Fla) Academy Lagos, Nigeria
G 20 Kebler, MikeMike Kebler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Okemos Okemos, Michigan
G 1 Lucas, KalinKalin Lucas 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Orchard Lake St. Mary's Sterling Heights, Michigan
F 2 Morgan, RaymarRaymar Morgan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So McKinley Canton, Ohio
F 34 Naymick, DrewDrew Naymick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr North Muskegon Muskegon, Michigan
G 11 Neitzel, DrewDrew Neitzel 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Wyoming Park Grand Rapids, Michigan
G 15 Summers, DurrellDurrell Summers 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Redford Covenant Christian Detroit, Michigan
F 14 Suton, GoranGoran Suton 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr Everett Lansing, Michigan
G 13 Thornton, AustinAustin Thornton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Cedar Springs Sand Lake, Michigan
G 5 Walton, TravisTravis Walton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Lima Senior Lima, Ohio
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2016-02-10

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 02, 2007*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 8 Grand Valley State L 82–85 2OT
 15  Allen   8  Gray   4  Lucas/Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 07, 2007*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 8 Michigan Tech W 61–55 
 16  Lucas   8  Suton   4  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13, 2007*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 12 Chicago State
CBE Classic
W 86–53  1–0
 25  Morgan   15  Morgan   8  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, I
Nov 14, 2007*
7:00 pm
No. 12 Louisiana-Monroe
CBE Classic
W 83–65  2–0
 17  Allen   14  Morgan   5  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 19, 2007*
9:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 10 vs. Missouri
CBE Classic semifinals
W 86–83  3–0
 21  Neitzel   9  Suton   5  Walton  Sprint Center (18,022)
Kansas City, MO
Nov 20, 2007*
10:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 vs. No. 2 UCLA
CBE Classic championship
L 63–68  3–1
 13  Neitzel   6  Gray   4  Walton  Sprint Center (16,737)
Kansas City, MO
Nov 24, 2007*
4:00 pm, BTN
No. 10 Oakland W 75–71  4–1
 20  Morgan   20  Suton   6  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 28, 2007*
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 NC State
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 81–58  5–1
 17  Neitzel   12  Suton   7  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 1, 2007*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 10 Jacksonville W 80–51  6–1
 24  Morgan   7  Morgan   7  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 04, 2007*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 9 at Bradley W 66–61  7–1
 15  Morgan   11  Suton   5  Neitzel/Walton  Carver Arena (11,597)
Peoria, Il
Dec 8, 2007*
4:00 pm, Versus
No. 9 at No. 20 BYU W 68–61  8–1
 15  Morgan/Neitzel   13  Suton   3  Walton  EnergySolutions Arena (16,412)
Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 15, 2007*
5:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 9 IPFW W 79–57  9–1
 18  Neitzel   7  Morgan   5  Netizel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 19, 2007*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 9 San Jose State W 85–45  10–1
 16  Morgan/Summers   7  Summers/Suton   10  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 22, 2007*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 9 vs. No. 4 Texas
Spartan Clash
W 78–72  11–1
 18  Lucas/Morgan   9  Suton   6  Lucas  The Palace of Auburn Hills (22,076)
Auburn Hills, MI
Dec 29, 2007*
4:00 pm, BTN
No. 7 Green Bay W 93–75  12–1
 24  Morgan   8  Morgan   11  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten regular season
Jan 5, 2008
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 6 Minnesota W 65–59  13–1
(1–0)
 31  Morgan   10  Morgan   7  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 8, 2008
9:00 pm, BTN
No. 6 Purdue W 78–75  14–1
(2–0)
 16  Lucas   10  Suton   5  Lucas/Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 12, 2008
8:30 pm, BTN
No. 6 at Iowa L 36–43  14–2
(2–1)
 10  Morgan/Neitzel   11  Suton   6  Neitzel  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (13,044)
Iowa City, IA
Jan 15, 2008
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 Ohio State W 66–60  15–2
(3–1)
 13  Lucas/Neitzel   9  Suton   5  Lucas/Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 20, 2008
4:00 pm, BTN
No. 9 at Minnesota W 78–73  16–2
(4–1)
 19  Neitzel   13  Suton   6  Walton  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 24, 2008
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Northwestern W 78–62  17–2
(5–1)
 23  Morgan   8  Morgan/Naymick   6  Walton  Welsh-Ryan Arena (6,738)
Evanston, IL
Jan 27, 2008
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 7 Michigan
Rivalry
W 77–62  18–2
(6–1)
 18  Lucas/Neitzel   7  Neitzel/Suton   8  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 30, 2008
9:00 pm, BTN
No. 8 Illinois W 51–41  19–2
(7–1)
 15  Neitzel   10  Suton   5  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 2, 2008
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 8 at Penn State L 76–85  19–3
(7–2)
 18  Lucas   9  Suton   7  Lucas  Bryce Jordan Center (11,159)
University Park, PA
Feb 9, 2008
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 11 Northwestern W 70–55  20–3
(8–2)
 21  Neitzel   8  Naymick   4  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 12, 2008
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at No. 19 Purdue L 54–60  20–4
(8–3)
 20  Lucas   7  Morgan/Suton   4  Neitzel  Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 16, 2008
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at No. 13 Indiana L 61–80  20–5
(8–4)
 21  Neitzel   4  Morgan/Neitzel   4  Walton  Assembly Hall (17,400)
Bloomington, IN
Feb 20, 2008
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 19 Penn State W 86–49  21–5
(9–4)
 16  Morgan   7  Gray   8  Lucas  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 23, 2008
2:00pm, ESPN
No. 19 Iowa W 66–52  22–5
(10–4)
 16  Morgan   8  Naymick   5  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 28, 2008
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 19 at No. 10 Wisconsin L 42–57  22–6
(10–5)
 14  Suton   15  Suton   3  Lucas/Neitzel  Kohl Center (17,190)
Madison, WI
Mar 2, 2008
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 19 No. 12 Indiana W 103–74  23–6
(11–5)
 20  Morgan   9  Suton   11  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Mar 6, 2008
9:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 17 at Illinois W 59–51  24–6
(12–5)
 17  Neitzel   10  Suton   4  Neitzel/Suton/Walton  Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Mar 9, 2008
12:00 pm, BTN
No. 17 at Ohio State L 63–54  24–7
(12–6)
 19  Morgan   8  Suton   4  Lucas  Value City Arena (19,049)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 14, 2008*
2:30 pm, ESPN
(4) No. 18 vs. (5) Ohio State
quarterfinals
W 67–60  25–7
 28  Neitzel   9  Suton   5  Walton  Conseco Fieldhouse (15,355)
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 15, 2008*
1:40 pm, CBS
(4) No. 19 vs. (1) No. 8 Wisconsin
semifinals
L 63–65  25–8
 26  Neitzel   7  Morgan   3  Lucas  Conseco Fieldhouse (17,520)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 20, 2008*
12:30 pm, CBS
(5 S) No. 20 vs. (12 S) Temple
First Round
W 72–61  26–8
 15  Morgan   9  Suton   7  Lucas  Pepsi Center (19,010)
Denver, CO
Mar 22, 2008*
7:10 pm, CBS
(5 S) No. 18 vs. (4 S) No. 17 Pittsburgh
Second Round
W 65–54  27–8
 21  Neitzel   9  Suton   4  Neitzel  Pepsi Center (19,299)
Denver, CO
Mar 28, 2008*
9:57 pm, CBS
(5 S) No. 20 vs. (1 S) No. 2 Memphis
Sweet Sixteen
L 74–92  27–9
 23  Suton   9  Suton   7  Neitzel  Reliant Stadium (32,931)
Houston, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time [17]
†Versus was scheduled to air the game, but did not due to a mixup with the MTW conference..

Player statistics[edit]

Individual player statistics (Final)
Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Tot Avg A Stl Blk Tov
Allen, Chris 32 202 6.3 70 182 .385 36 100 .360 26 33 .788 39 1.2 20 12 3 29
Crandell, Jon 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.2 1 0 0 0
Dahlman, Isaiah 19 20 1.1 6 16 .375 3 8 .375 5 8 .625 9 0.5 2 0 0 5
Gray, Marquise 36 156 4.3 65 107 .607 0 0 26 40 .650 132 3.7 12 10 9 45
Herzog, Tom 13 14 1.1 6 14 .429 0 0 2 4 .500 14 1.1 0 1 6 1
Ibok, Idong 26 12 0.5 5 10 .500 0 0 2 5 .400 26 1.0 0 0 10 9
Kebler, Mike 9 2 0.2 1 3 .333 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 4 0.4 0 0 0 0
Lucas, Kalin 36 369 10.3 138 320 .431 20 55 .364 73 95 .795 56 1.6 137 30 1 73
Morgan, Raymar 36 505 14.0 187 335 .558 10 33 .303 121 180 .672 221 6.1 58 33 19 83
Naymick, Drew 36 154 4.3 65 100 .650 0 1 .000 24 31 .774 149 4.1 14 11 60 25
Neitzel, Drew 36 501 13.9 165 407 .405 97 244 .398 74 86 .860 90 2.5 145 35 2 51
Summers, Durrell 36 176 4.9 62 123 .504 11 22 .500 41 55 .745 85 2.4 20 5 7 32
Suton, Goran 36 326 9.1 136 247 .551 2 12 .167 52 67 .776 295 8.2 66 38 33 60
Walton, Travis 36 127 3.5 43 112 .384 0 7 .000 41 56 .732 71 4.3 156 33 2 65
Legend
  GP  Games played  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts   Tov Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals   A  Assists

Source[18]

Rankings[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Final 
AP 8 12 10 10 9 9 9 7 6 6 11 10 8 11 10 19 19 17 19 18 Not released 
Coaches 8 12 11 13 10 10 10 7 6 6 11 10 7 10 9 17 15 18 19 20 13

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

Source[19][20]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Drew Neitzel – All-Big Ten First Team (Coaches), All-Big Ten Second Team (Media)[21]
  • Raymar Morgan – All-Big Ten Second Team[21]
  • Kalin Lucas – All-Big Ten Honorable Mention[21]
  • Kalin Lucas – Big Ten All-Freshman Team[21]
  • Travis Walton – Big Ten All Defensive Team[21]

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