The excitement is as high as ever as the Spartans enter the NCAA Tournament. They should be, as Michigan State seems to be peaking at just the right time. Winning the B1G Tournament was a must for Tom Izzo, whose team lost 3 out of 4 going in. Beating up on Wisconsin and pulling away from Michigan was no easy task.
Many are thinking NCAA Championship for the Spartans this season, but let’s slow the roll on that just a bit. Let’s take a look at Michigan State’s NCAA Tournament History.
Since 1979, MSU has made the NCAA Tournament 24 times, and 5 of those times a #1 seed.
The Spartans have never been a #4 seed, until this season.
Michigan State has two NCAA Tournament Championships, in 1979 and 2000. The Spartans were also the NCAA runner-up in 2009.
After his first two seasons, Tom Izzo has now lead the Spartans to 17 straight NCAA appearances.
Izzo has also made it to the Final Four 6 times, most recently in 2010.
Izzo has a remarkable 39-15 record in the NCAA Tournament.
A Match-up of two all-time greats, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, the 1979 NCAA Championship was one of the best:
And the 99-2000 team that featured a monster line up, including: Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Morris Peterson, and Andre Hutson, was Tom Izzo defining moment:
You can't leave out the heart-break either. Here are the highlights of the 2009 loss to a very good North Carolina squad:
Tom Izzo has not been able to get over the hump since 2000, over 13 years, but the Spartan faithful will be pulling for them to take it home again this season.