2008–09 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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2008–09 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan-State-logo-block-s.svg
NCAA Tournament, Runner-Up
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 8
2008–09 record 31–7 (15–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Tom Izzo (14th year)
Associate head coach Mark Montgomery (8th year)
Assistant coach Dwayne Stephens (6th year)
Assistant coach Mike Garland (2nd year)
Home arena Breslin Center
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Michigan State 15 3   .833     31 7   .816
#17 Purdue 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
Illinois 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
Penn State 10 8   .556     27 11   .711
Ohio State 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Minnesota 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Iowa 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Indiana 1 17   .056     6 25   .194
2009 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Tom Izzo who was in his 14th year. The team played their home games at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan and were member of the Big Ten Conference. MSU finished the season with a record of 31–7, 15–3 to win the Big Ten regular season championship. The Spartans received their 12th straight NCAA Tournament bid as a No. 2 seed. They advanced to the Final Four for the fourth time under Izzo and lost in the National Championship game to North Carolina.

Previous Season[edit]

The Spartans finished the 2007–08 season with an overall record of 27–9, 12–6 in Big Ten play to finish in fourth place. Michigan State received a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their 11th straight trip to the Tournament, and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, their seventh trip under Tom Izzo.

The Spartans lost Drew Neitzel (13.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG) to graduation following the season.

Season Summary[edit]

MSU was led by sophomore Kalin Lucas (14.7 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 4.6 Ast), junior Raymar Morgan (10.2 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 1.2 Ast), and senior Goran Suton (10.4 Pts, 8.4 Reb, 1.6 Ast). The team began the season ranked No. 6 in the country, but was surprised with an early season loss to Maryland in the first round of the Old Spice Classic.[1] The Spartans faced No. 1 North Carolina in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge at Ford Field, but were blown out, 98–63.[2] Michigan State finished their non-conference schedule with just those two losses, finishing 9–2 and ranked No. 10 in the country.

The Spartans cruised through Big Ten play with wins over No. 21 Minnesota,[3] No. 20 Illinois,[4] and No. 19 Purdue.[5] MSU won the Big Ten championship by four games with a 15–3 record, 25–5 overall, and ranked No. 7 in the country. Kalin Lucas was named Big Ten Player of the Year[6] and Tom Izzo was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year.[7] The Spartans lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament to Ohio State[8] after defeating Minnesota.

Michigan State received an at-large bid as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, their 12th straight appearance in the Tournament. The Spartans defeated Robert Morris in the First Round[9] and USC in the Second Round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.[10] In the Sweet Sixteen, MSU faced No. 14 Kansas and advanced to the Elite Eight with a 67–62 win.[11] In the Elite Eight, the Spartans faced overall No. 1 seed Louisville and won 64–52.[12] The win sent MSU to the Final Four for the fourth time in 11 seasons. The Final Four was held at at Ford Field in Detroit, within 60 miles of the Michigan State campus. In the national semifinals, Michigan State defeated UConn, another No. 1 seed, 82–73 to advance to the National Championship game.[13] There, the Spartans were re-matched with North Carolina, whom they had also lost to earlier in the season at Ford Field. The Spartans were defeated by North Carolina 89–72 marking the Spartans first ever loss in the National Championship game.[14]

The Spartans faced three No. 1 seeds (Louisville, UConn, and North Carolina) in the Tournament, only losing to North Carolina.

2008 Recruiting class[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Delvon Roe
#5 PF
Lakewood, Ohio St. Edward High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Apr 17, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Draymond Green
#13 PF
Saginaw, Michigan Saginaw HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jun 28, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Korie Lucious
#10 PG
Milwaukee Pius XI HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sep 24, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 17   Rivals: 22
  • 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 Home town
C 00 Ibok, IdongIdong Ibok 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) RS Sr Montverde Academy Montverde, Florida
PG 1 Lucas, KalinKalin Lucas 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So St. Mary Preparatory School Orchard Lake, Michigan
PF 2 Morgan, RaymarRaymar Morgan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr McKinley H.S. Canton, Ohio
SG 3 Allen, ChrisChris Allen 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Meadowcreek H.S. Norcross, Georgia
PG 5 Walton, TravisTravis Walton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Lima H.S. Lima, Ohio
F 10 Roe, DelvonDelvon Roe 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr St. Edward H.S. Lakewood, Ohio
SG 13 Thornton, AustinAustin Thornton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Cedar Springs H.S. Cedar Springs, Michigan
C 14 Suton, GoranGoran Suton 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Sr Everett H.S. Lansing, Michigan
SF 15 Summers, DurrellDurrell Summers 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Covenant H.S. Redford, Michigan
20 Kebler, MikeMike Kebler
So
SF 22 Dahlman, IsaiahIsaiah Dahlman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Braham Area Sec. Braham, Minnesota
F 23 Green, DraymondDraymond Green 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Saginaw H.S. Saginaw, Michigan
25 Crandell, JonJon Crandell
Jr Rochester Adams H.S. Rochester Hills, Michigan
PG 34 Lucious, KorieKorie Lucious 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Pius XI H.S. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
C 40 Herzog, TomTom Herzog 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS So Luke M. Powers Catholic H.S. Flint, Michigan
PF 41 Gray, MarquiseMarquise Gray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Sr Beecher H.S. Flint, Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2010-11-07

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular season
Nov 6, 2008*
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 6 Idaho W 100–62  1–0
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 19, 2008*
7:00 pm
No. 5 at IPFW W 70–59  2–0
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (6,704)
Fort Wayne, IN
Nov 27, 2008*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 vs. Maryland
Old Spice Classic
L 62–80  2–1
The Milk House (4,464)
Kissimmee, FL
Nov 28, 2008*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 vs. Oklahoma State
Old Spice Classic
W 94–79  3–1
Milk House (4,658)
Kissimmee, FL
Nov 30, 2008*
1:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 5 vs. Wichita State
Old Spice Classic
W 65–57  4–1
Milk House (3,768)
Kissimmee, FL
Dec 3, 2008*
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 vs. No. 1 North Carolina
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 63–98  4–2
Ford Field (25,267)
Detroit, MI
Dec 7, 2008*
4:00 pm, BTN
No. 13 Bradley W 75–59  5–2
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 13, 2008*
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 18 Alcorn State W 118–60  6–2
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 17, 2008*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 19 The Citadel W 79–65  7–2
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 20, 2008*
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 19 at No. 5 Texas W 67–63  8–2
Toyota Center (17,074)
Houston, TX
Dec 27, 2008*
5:00 pm, FSD
No. 11 vs. Oakland W 82–66  9–2
Palace of Auburn Hills (15,361)
Auburn Hills, MI
Dec 31, 2008
12:00 pm, BTN
No. 10 at No. 21 Minnesota W 70–58  10–2
(1–0)
Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 3, 2009
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 10 at Northwestern W 77–66  11–2
(2–0)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
Jan 6, 2009
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 8 Ohio State W 67–58  12–2
(3–0)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 10, 2009*
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 8 Kansas W 75–62  13–2
(3–0)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 14, 2009
6:30 pm, BTN
No. 7 at Penn State W 78–73  14–2
(4–0)
Bryce Jordan Center (10,270)
University Park, PA
Jan 17, 2009
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 Illinois W 63–57  15–2
(5–0)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 21, 2009
6:30 pm, BTN
No. 7 Northwestern L 63–70  15–3
(5–1)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 25, 2009
3:45 pm, CBS
No. 7 at Ohio State W 78–67  16–3
(6–1)
Value City Arena (18,767)
Columbus, OH
Jan 29, 2009
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 at Iowa W 71–56  17–3
(7–1)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (13,640)
Iowa City, IA
Feb 1, 2009
12:00 pm, BTN
No. 9 Penn State L 68–72  17–4
(7–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 4, 2009
8:30 pm, BTN
No. 13 No. 19 Minnesota W 76–47  18–4
(8–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 7, 2009
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 Indiana W 75–47  19–4
(9–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 10, 2009
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 at Michigan
Rivalry
W 54–42  20–4
(10–2)
Crisler Arena (13,751)
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 17, 2009
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at No. 21 Purdue L 54–73  20–5
(10–3)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 22, 2009
3:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 Wisconsin W 61–50  21–5
(11–3)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 25, 2009
8:30 pm, BTN
No. 9 Iowa W 62–54  22–5
(12–3)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Mar 1, 2009
4:00 pm, CBS
No. 9 at No. 20 Illinois W 74–66  23–5
(13–3)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Mar 3, 2009
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 at Indiana W 64–59  24–5
(14–3)
Assembly Hall (15,006)
Bloomington, IN
Mar 8, 2009
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 8 No. 20 Purdue W 62–51  25–5
(15–3)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 13, 2009
12:00 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 7 vs. (8) Minnesota
Quarterfinals
W 64–56  26–5
Conseco Fieldhouse (13,023)
Indianapolis, IN
Mar 14, 2009
1:40 pm, CBS
(1) No. 7 vs. (5) Ohio State
Semifinals
L 70–82  26–6
Conseco Fieldhouse (15,728)
Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Tournament
Mar 20, 2009
9:50 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 8 vs. (15 MW) Robert Morris
First Round
W 77–62  27–6
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (12,814)
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 22, 2009
4:55 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 8 vs. (10 MW) USC
Second Round
W 74–69  28–6
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (14,279)
Minneapolis, MN
March 27, 2009*
9:37 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 8 vs. (3 MW) No. 13 Kansas
Sweet Sixteen
W 67–62  29–6
Lucas Oil Stadium (33,780)
Indianapolis, IN
March 29, 2009*
2:20 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 8 vs. (1 MW) No. 1 Louisville
Elite Eight
W 64–52  30–6
Lucas Oil Stadium (36,084)
Indianapolis, IN
April 4, 2009*
6:07 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 8 vs. (1 W) No. 6 Connecticut
Final Four
W 82–73  31–6
Ford Field (72,456)
Detroit, MI
April 6, 2009*
9:21 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 8 vs. (1 S) No. 3 North Carolina
National Championship
L 72–89  31–7
Ford Field (72,922)
Detroit, MI
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll
Source[15]. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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 38 319 8.4 104 288 .361 52 167 .311 59 75 .787 85 2.2 48 14 0 50
Crandell, Jon 10 4 0.4 1 1 1.000 0 0 2 2 1.000 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Dahlman, Isaiah 16 12 0.8 5 9 .556 1 3 .333 1 4 .250 10 0.6 0 0 0 0
Gray, Marquise 38 119 3.1 45 78 .577 0 0 29 43 .674 108 2.8 12 4 12 35
Green, Draymond 37 122 3.3 45 81 .556 0 1 .000 32 52 .615 122 3.3 31 21 9 24
Herzog, Tom 16 10 0.6 3 5 .600 0 0 4 7 .571 11 0.7 1 0 5 0
Ibok, Idong 28 10 0.4 3 8 .375 0 0 4 6 .667 25 0.9 5 0 7 13
Kebler, Mike 8 4 0.5 1 2 .500 0 1 .000 2 2 1.000 2 0.3 1 0 0 0
Lucas, Kalin 38 559 14.7 173 438 .395 41 105 .390 172 213 .671 80 2.1 176 39 6 84
Lucious, Korie 38 121 3.2 40 106 .377 29 82 .354 12 18 .664 32 0.8 47 10 2 42
Morgan, Raymar 35 358 10.2 132 254 .526 5 21 .238 89 135 .659 184 5.3 41 23 7 62
Roe, Delvon 38 213 5.6 81 143 .566 0 0 21 112 .455 197 5.2 35 16 29 42
Summers, Durrell 38 326 8.6 116 267 .551 45 117 .385 49 68 .721 129 3.4 30 25 13 55
Suton, Goran 32 334 10.4 123 234 .521 21 48 .438 67 79 .848 269 8.4 50 36 16 58
Thornton, Austin 27 33 1.2 9 25 .360 4 17 .235 11 14 .786 21 0.8 7 4 0 6
Walton, Travis 38 193 5.1 81 197 .411 3 5 .600 28 47 .596 85 2.2 127 56 1 52
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[16]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 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 Final
AP 6 5 5 13 18 19 11 10 8 7 7 9 13 9 6 9 8 7 8 N/A
Coaches 7 7 6 12 20 22 18 15 12 10 7 9 14 9 5 9 8 6 7 2

Source[17]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Kalin Lucas – Big Ten Player of the Year[6][7]
  • Kalin Lucas – NABC All District First Team
  • Kalin Lucas – USBWA All-District Team
  • Kalin Lucas – AP All-American honorable mention
  • Tom Izzo – Big Ten Coach of the Year (Coaches)[6][7]
  • Travis Walton – Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year[6][7]
  • Goran Suton – All Big Ten Second Team[6][7]
  • Goran Suton – NABC All District Second Team
  • Raymar Morgan – All Big Ten Honorable Mention[6][7]
  • Delvon Roe – Big Ten All-Freshman Team[7]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/michigan-state/2009.html
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