The Spartans have reached the Final Four six times since 1999, head Coach Tom Izzo hopes to have the Spartans make another deep March Madness Run and a trip to the 2012 Final Four.
As the Spartans battle through the Big 10 and make another push for a Final Four appearance, Show your Sparty support with Jerseys, T-Shirts, Shorts and apparel.
No. 1 Seed - NCAA West Region: Coach Izzo's squad entered March Madness as the number one seed in the West Region with formidable foes such as Louisville, Mizzou and Marquette before fans can wear Michigan State 2012 Final Four T-shirts and Gear.
Round 1 Highlights: Sparty knocked Long Island off 89-67 and also got a break when No. 2 Missouri lost their opening round game.
Round 2 Highlights: Tom Izzo's squad advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 65-61 win over St. Louis.
Michigan State Spartans
NCAA Basketball Tournament History
Michigan State National Championships
1979 - Michigan State defeated Larry Bird led Indiana State 75–64 in the finals. Earvin "Magic Johnson" was the Final Four's MVP.
2000 - The Spartans defeated Florida 89-76 in the Finals as Mateen Cleaves fought through injury to lead MSU.
NCAA Tournament Final Four Appearances
1956,1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010
Michigan State Spartans
Basketball Head Coach
Through the 2010/2011 season Tom Izzo completed his 16th year directing the Spartan program.
Head coach Tom Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including one NCAA National Championship, five regular-season Big Ten Championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles, five Final Four appearances, four National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-best 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Source: Michigan State official athletic website.
Michigan State Basketball Alumni
Earvin "Magic" Johnson wore Michigan State
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Earvin Johnson's Michigan State Career
Earvin Johnson is a native of East Lansing, MI. After a prolific high school career that saw one sportswriter label him as "Magic", Earvin Johnson elected to stay home and wear a Michigan State Spartans basketball jersey.
As a freshman, Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists while leading Michigan State to a 25-5 record and a Big Ten Conference title. After making it to the NCAA regional finals his freshman season, Johnson's sophomore generated championship results and took the NCAA Basketball Tournament to a new level.
Incorporating a strategy that featured Johnson at the point guard and forward positions, Johnson led Michigan State to the NCAA Finals in 1979. The heralded match up was against a Indiana State University team featuring sensational forward Larry Bird.
In a highly anticipated NCAA championship game, the Michigan State Spartans won 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Magic finished his career at Michigan State with 1059 points, 471 rebounds.
NBA Champion, All-Star and MVP
As a member of the Los Angles Lakers, Magic Johnson was one of the leagues most entertaining, successful and beloved NBA players. Johnson was on five-time NBA championship teams and was a 12-time All-Star.
Johnson was a three time NBA MVP and finished his career with 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds and 10,141 assists. His NBA per game averages were 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game