Michigan State Spartans Mens Basketball Tickets
The Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Michigan State University. The team is located in East Lansing, Michigan and play their home games at the Breslin Student Events Center. The Breslin Center has a capacity of 14,797 people and was built in 1989. The court that currently sits at the Breslin Center was the same court used at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis after their victory in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. The team is currently coached by Tom Izzo, who has led the team to a postseason appearance in all seventeen of his seasons as Head Coach, including a streak of fifteen straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Izzo is 410-168 in his seventeen year career at Michigan State, with an astounding six Final Four appearances, winning it all in 2000.
The student section at the Breslin Center is known as the Izzone. The student section is annually ranked at or near the top for top student sections and has propelled the team to streaks such as their 53-game home win streak between 1998 and 2002.
After the team was started more than 100 years ago in 1898, the team has had continued success. From 1901 to 1903, George E. Denman was the head coach where he posted an 11-0 record, making him the team’s only undefeated coach. Success next came to the Spartans when Forrest A. Anderson took over as coach in 1954. Anderson guided the team to their first NCAA appearance, eventually taking the team there a second time, to go along with two Conference Championships. Jud Heathcote came in 1976 and brought the team great success, including winning a National Championship in 1979 with Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The Spartans under the direction of Heathcote made it to nine NCAA Tournaments.
The team has featured 50 players selected in the NBA Draft, 15 of who were first round picks. Magic Johnson was the only Spartan selected with the first overall selection. Michigan State’s biggest rival is their in-state foe, the Michigan Wolverines. While their rivalry is football is on a much greater scale, the two teams have faced off 162 times since their first meeting in January of 1909, with Michigan leading the series 87-75; however, Michigan State won the last matchup.