Michigan State top 10 teams of all time!

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  1. Administrator says:

    Honorable Mention:
    Those teams went a total of 11-0 and was also Michigan State’s only undefeated basketball teams. Unlike other schools who count records dating back to the time when minority athletes were not allowed to play at certain universities, we are not counting teams that only had white players were allowed on the basketball court.

  2. Administrator says:

    Last 4 out:
    1959 team that won the Big Ten title and made it to the Elite 8
    2002-2003 team the broke the three year streak of Final Fours and four year streak of being big ten champions where talented and had two future first round picks but lost to Arizona in the Elite Eight.
    1989-1990 squad were Big Ten champions, made the Sweet Sixteen, and had the one and only Steve Smith.
    2011-12 were co-Big Ten champions, won the Big Ten Tournament and made the Sweet Sixteen but ran out of gas and could not move on in the tournament.

  3. Administrator says:

    Coming in at #10!
    2013-2014 Michigan State team
    They had the talent, experience, and there was no way the were going to break Tom Izzo’s four year senior Final Four streak but they tied for second in the B1G conference final standings and lost to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Elite Eight. Highlights were winning the B1G tournament by beating Michigan by double digits and beating ACC champion Virginia in the Sweet Sixteen. The team produced two first round picks in Harris and Payne but will be known for the senior Keith Appling underachieving in the NCAA tournament and no overcoming multiple injuries.

  4. Administrator says:

    Coming in at #9!
    1977-78 Michigan State team
    The surprise pick of the top ten list with youngster Jay Vincent, veteran Greg Kelser, and superstar true freshmen Magic Johnson leading the team. An Elite Eight finish and Big Ten championship was impressive but these team was still learning to play together and would win a national championship the following year.

  5. Administrator says:

    Coming in at #8!
    2004-2005 Michigan State team
    The Rocky, Spartacus, and Dark Knight Rises member of the top 10 all time group surprised many on their way to an amazing Final Four run. This team ranked high on our list and we know some may be surprised by this group being ranked #8 all time but don’t forget what they did in March. People may argue that their first two round opponents were not “great” but the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight opponents were challenging. Let’s do a quick review:
    Michigan State 78, Duke (#1 seed) 68
    Michigan State 94, Kentucky (#2 seed) 88
    Is that review good enough?
    Like we said, we stand by this pick!

  6. Administrator says:

    Number #7 on our list is…..
    1956-1957 was the most underrated team in the history of Michigan State men’s basketball team and doesn’t get the respect they deserve. They beat (at the time) powerhouse Notre Dame in the Sweet Sixteen and then dismantling a great team in Kentucky by double digits 80-68 in the Elite Eight. What people don’t know is that Michigan State lost to North Carolina in not 1, not 2, but 3 overtimes in the Final Four! This is on top of Michigan State winning the Big Ten that season. Below is a link to prove us right:


  7. Administrator says:

    Number #6 on our all time greatest Michigan State team is the 2000-2001 team!
    Why is this team not ranked a spot or two higher? The national champion 1999-2000 team raised the bar high and the 2000-2001 team rode that momentum and did very well. There were some great Michigan State teams and see our #1 through #5 list will make this pick at #6. However, with no disrespect to that team, it was by far the “easiest”road to the Final Four in comparison to the other great Michigan State teams that reached the Final Four. Getting blown out by 19 to Arizona didn’t help, however let’s stop focusing on the negatives and start thinking about Marcus Taylor folks! Jason Richardson and Zach Randolph may make this one of Michigan State’s most talented teams ever!

  8. Administrator says:

    Coming in at #5 on our all time greatest Michigan State teams list is the 2009-2010 team!
    Tied for 1st place in the Big Ten with a stacked big ten conference that season (#5 Ohio State, #10 Purdue, #16 Wisconsin) and lost on a “no call” with Draymond Green being fouled on the last shot but the refs not calling it and losing to Butler by 2 point in Indy robbed the Spartans of playing Duke (and they would have bet them, trust us) in the national championship game. That team is the Rambo” team on our list because they fought and fought til the the end. Just look at the Maryland game where Korie Lucious hit the shot heard around the country or Elite Eight victory over the Vols.

  9. Administrator says:

    Number 4 on our countdown of the greatest Michigan State basketball teams of all time is the 1998–1999 team!
    They only lost 5 games overall including winning the Pearl Harbor Classic. and only lost one game in the Big Ten on their way to being Big Ten regular season and tournament champions! They were the Flintstones and they were physically and willing to do anything to win, however they lost to the Blue Devils in the Final Four. Great team but one year away from being the greatest team in college basketball at the end of the tournament.


  10. Administrator says:

    Coming in at number 3 on our countdown is the 2008-2009 Michigan State national runner ups!
    Their run through the NCAA tournament was magical starting with Travis Walton’s gusty performance against USC in the 2nd round and then maybe the three “toughest” consecutive wins in tournament history against #13 national ranked (3 Seed) Kansas, #1 nationally ranked #1 (1 Seed) Louisville, and #6 nationally ranked (1 Seed) Connecticut. The Michigan State ended their mystical run in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field against what was considered a “NBA” team in #1 seed North Carolina. This was also on top of the Spartans winning the Big Ten regular season championship

  11. Administrator says:

    The Final Countdown!!! Coming in at number 2……….1978–1979
    Michigan State legendary Spartans going 26-6 overall and finishing 13-5 and coming in 1st place in the Big Ten and becoming most importantly Michigan State’s first ever men’s basketball NCAA National Champions by beating Larry Bird and his Indiana State team in Utah. Ervin “Magic” Johnson was the leader of this team but the rest of his teammates were quality players who had a role in this championship run. Jay Vincent, Greg Kelser, and Ron Charles helped Magic and the Spartans night in and night out.


  12. Administrator says:

    Meaning the #1 ranked greatest men’s basketball team of all time at Michigan State is the 1999–2000 Michigan State team that went 32–7 overall and 13–3 in the Big Ten regular season becoming co-big ten champions and winning and being named Big Ten Tournament champions on their way to becoming NCAA National Champions.
    Season highlights were: A double digit win at North Carolina, beating Kansas by 12 points at a neutral site, beating Wisconsin 4 times, beating Michigan by 36 points, and beating UConn 85-66. That season without a doubt was the toughest regular season that any men’s Michigan State team has ever played! (http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/michigan-state/2000-schedule.html) Just check that insane schedule! They only had one slip up on December 30th 1999, but besides that there is no doubt that this was the best Michigan State basketball team ever!

  13. Admin@finalfouru.com says:

    Mon. 3 THE MASTER’S COLLEGE (exhibition) East Lansing, Mich. TBA <—Russell Byrd plays for them!
    Fri. 7 ST. CLOUD STATE (exhibition) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Fri. 14 at Navy (CBS Sports Network) Annapolis, Md. 9 p.m.
    Tues. 18 vs. Duke (Champions Classic) (ESPN) Indianapolis, Ind. 7 p.m.
    Fri. 21 LOYOLA (CHICAGO) East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Orlando Classic
    Mon. 24 SANTA CLARA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Thurs. 27 vs. Rider (ESPN2) Kissimmee, Fla. 6:30 p.m.
    Fri. 28 vs. Georgia Tech/Marquette (ESPNU/ESPN2) Kissimmee, Fla. 6:30/9 p.m.
    Sun. 30 vs. Kansas/Rhode Island/Santa Clara/Tennessee (TBA) Kissimmee, Fla. TBA

  14. Admin@finalfouru.com says:

    Wed. 3 at Notre Dame (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) (ESPN2) Notre Dame, Ind. 7:15 p.m.
    Sat. 6 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Sun. 14 OAKLAND East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Wed. 17 EASTERN MICHIGAN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Sat. 20 TEXAS SOUTHERN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Mon. 22 THE CITADEL East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Tues. 30 MARYLAND East Lansing, Mich. TBA

  15. Admin@finalfouru.com says:

    Mon. 5 INDIANA East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Thurs. 8 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa TBA
    Sun. 11 NORTHWESTERN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Sat. 17 at Maryland College Park, Md. TBA
    Wed. 21 PENN STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Sat. 24 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. TBA
    Tues. 27 at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. TBA

    Sun. 1 MICHIGAN East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Sat. 7 ILLINOIS East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Tues. 10 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. TBA
    Sat. 14 OHIO STATE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Tues. 17 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. TBA
    Sun. 22 at Illinois Champaign, Ill. TBA
    Thurs. 26 MINNESOTA East Lansing, Mich. TBA

    Sun. 1 at Wisconsin Madison, Wis. TBA
    Wed. 4 PURDUE East Lansing, Mich. TBA
    Sat. 7 at Indiana Bloomington, Ind. TBA
    Wed.-Sun. 11-15 Big Ten Tournament Chicago, Ill.

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