|THE GREATEST STORIES OF MICHIGAN STATE BASKETBALL Description: There has been Magic in the air ever since 1977, when a lanky point guard from Lansing named Earvin Johnson showed up on campus. Celebrate all the excitement and fanfare around one of college basketball?s most successful programs with an unprecedented look at the monumental moments and incredible stories in the history of Michigan State Basketball. From the Spartan?s National Championship season in 1979 to the title in 2000 under head coach Tom Izzo, relive all the greatest plays, players and performances. Run Time ? 120 Minutes Street Date ? 2/03/2009 (Please be sure this date is noted on your site) Basketball Michigan State TM 2000 Michigan St. vs. Florida 2000 NCAA? Division I Men?s Basketball Championship Michigan State vs. Univ. of Florida April 3, 2003 ? Indianapolis, Indiana In a tournament filled with upsets, top seeded Michigan State would prove their placement at the top of the heap. Michigan State?s top scorer Morris Peterson alongside fellow seniors Mateen Cleaves? and A.J. Granger?s combined score of 58 points proved to be unstoppable by Coach Billy Donovan?s Florida Gators. Spraining his ankle with 16:18 of play remaining, Mateen Cleaves was back to the floor after only 4 minutes. Although limping, Cleaves led a 16-6 run to put the game beyond the Gators? reach, and was named Most Outstanding Player. The final score of 89-76 gave Michigan State Spartan?s their second championship, and coach Tom Izzo his first title.|
Editor's NoteThis rousing retrospective highlights the most remarkable moments in the 20-year history of the Michigan State Spartans.