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They won the National Championship as a No. 2 seed in 1979 and as a No. 1 seed in 2000. As of 2019, that is the final 12 months MSU did not make the NCAA Tournament.
The win marked MSU's second National Championship in basketball and Izzo's first and only championship so far. Leading the way for the Spartans is participant of the year candidate Cassius Winston. As the one All-American participant returning to varsity basketball this season, Winston enters his senior campaign with 1,411 factors and 714 assists in 109 games, putting him in reach of ending his college profession with 2,000 factors and 1,000 assist, an achievement that has never been accomplished by a Division I player.
Following Bridges and Jackson's departures to the NBA, the 2018–19 team began the season ranked No. 10 in the nation. The season was dominated by injuries to the Spartans. Starting guard Joshua Langford solely played 13 games earlier than missing the rest of the season with a foot injury.
The Spartans have appeared in seven championship video games, solely shedding the 2015 championship to Wisconsin. Michigan State has appeared within the quarterfinals of every Big Ten Tournament. For the whole season-by-season results, see Michigan State Spartans males's basketball seasons.
The Spartans misplaced and fell one recreation wanting one other journey to the Final Four. Winston averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists as a junior, leading the Spartans to Big Ten common-season and match titles and to the Final Four for the eighth time beneath head coach Tom Izzo.
They had been led by Johnson and Greg Kelser. In What happened to Nick Ward MSU , the duo led the Spartans to a second consecutive Big Ten title and the NCAA National Championship. The NCAA championship marked the school's first in basketball. Two years later, led by All-American Johnny Green, the Spartans cruised to a Big Ten Championship, winning the league by 4 games. A win over Marquette within the 1959 NCAA Tournament put MSU in the Mideast regional finals towards Kentucky.