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Michigan State Spartans

University Michigan State University
Conference Big Ten
Location East Lansing, MI
Head Coach Tom Izzo (12th year)
Arena Breslin Center
(Capacity: 14,759)
Nickname Spartans
Colors Green and White

              Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ... East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... Tom Izzo (born January 30, 1955 in Iron Mountain, Michigan) is the mens basketball coach for Michigan State University. ... The Jack Breslin Student Events Center The Jack Breslin Student Events Center is a 14,992-seat multi-purpose arena in East Lansing, Michigan. ... The Michigan State Spartans are the athletic teams that represent Michigan State University. ... Green is a color seen commonly in nature. ... Alternate meanings: White (disambiguation) White is a color (more accurately it contains all the colors of the spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ...

NCAA Tournament Champions
1979, 2000
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005
Conference Regular Season Champions
1957, 1959, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

The Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represents Michigan State University (MSU) and competes in the Big 10 Conference of NCAA Division I. The team currently plays at the Breslin Student Events Center. Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... The Big Ten Conference is a United States, stretching from Iowa in the west to Pennsylvania in the east. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Jack Breslin Student Events Center. ...


The Spartans have won two NCAA championships and ten Big 10 championships in men's basketball. The Spartans won the National Championship in both the 1979 NCAA Tournament and 2000 NCAA Tournament. The 1979 National Championship story line was highly touted as Magic vs. Bird and was achieved by MVP Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser helping defeat the then undefeated Indiana State Sycamores, led by future NBA hall of famer Larry Bird. The 2000 National Championship was achieved by Morris Peterson, Charlie Bell, and MVP Mateen Cleaves leading the team in a victory over the Florida Gators. The Big Ten Conference is a United States, stretching from Iowa in the west to Pennsylvania in the east. ... // Final four redirects here. ... Earvin Johnson, Jr. ... Gregory (Greg) Kelser (born September 17, 1957, in Panama City, Florida) is an African-American broadcaster for the National Basketball Associations Detroit Pistons. ... Indiana State University Indiana State University located in Terre Haute, Indiana, was created by an Indiana statute on December 20,1865. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players to ever play, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. ... Charlie Will Bell III (born March 12, 1979 in Flint, Michigan) is an NBA basketball player who currently plays point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Mateen Cleaves (born September 7, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is a professional basketball player most recently playing for the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. Cleaves led the Michigan State basketball team to a national championship in 2000 and won the Most Outstanding Player award. ... The Florida Gators basketball team represents the University of Florida in the Southeastern Conferences Eastern division. ...


Since 1995, the team has been coached by Tom Izzo, who has a 278-120 overall head coaching record.[1] Izzo guided the Spartans to four of nine NCAA Final Fours from 1999-2007, an accomplishment unmatched by any other college basketball program during that span. Michigan State basketball has been selected for ten consecutive NCAA tournament bids (1998-2007) as of the end of the 2007 season. Overall, Michigan State has been to the Final Four a total of six times in its history (1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005) and has made 23 NCAA Tournament appearances. Only eight schools (UCLA, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State, Indiana, Louisville) have more total Final Four appearances. Tom Izzo (born January 30, 1955 in Iron Mountain, Michigan) is the mens basketball coach for Michigan State University. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // The game of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ...


On December 13, 2003, Michigan State and Kentucky played at the most-attended basketball game in history, when they held a match in front of 78,129 people at Ford Field, a stadium in Detroit. Kentucky won 79-74.[2] December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Ford Field is an indoor football stadium located in Detroit, Michigan that is the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL. It is across the street from Comerica Park. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor...


Spartans formerly or currently in the NBA include Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Steve Smith, Scott Skiles, Jason Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Alan Anderson, Maurice Ager, Paul Davis, Shannon Brown, Zach Randolph, Morris Peterson, and Charlie Bell. MSU is tied with the University of North Carolina for the most first-round NBA draft selections since 2000 (six). “NBA” redirects here. ... Magic Johnson Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. ... Steven Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969 in Highland Park, Michigan) is a former National Basketball Association player. ... Scott Allen Skiles (born March 5, 1964 in LaPorte, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Chicago Bulls. ... Jason Anthoney J-Rich Richardson (born January 20, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan) is a professional basketball player, currently playing guard for the National Basketball Associations Golden State Warriors. ... Mateen Cleaves (born September 7, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is a professional basketball player most recently playing for the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. Cleaves led the Michigan State basketball team to a national championship in 2000 and won the Most Outstanding Player award. ... Alan Jeffery Anderson (born on October 16, 1982 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a professional basketball player in the NBA for the Charlotte Bobcats. ... Zach Randolph (born July 16, 1981 in Marion, Indiana) is a player in the National Basketball Association. ... Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. ... Charles Hamilton Bell (November 7, 1960 - January 17, 2005) was an Australian business executive. ... The University of North Carolina is a sixteen-university system which comprises all public four-year universities in North Carolina, United States. ...


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