The Michigan State Spartans find themselves back in the Final Four for the seventh time under head coach Tom Izzo. He has made the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 18 straight seasons, which ranks third active among Division-I basketball programs. The Spartans are a part of the four remaining teams on the season for the first time since 2010. This will be the third time since 1999 that Michigan State will be playing in Indianapolis for the Final Four. In 2000, they took home the title, beating the Florida Gators. In 2010, they lost to national runner-up Butler Bulldogs.
A lot of people have said this year’s edition of Michigan State basketball has been the most impressive for Tom Izzo, because it is not a traditional “Tom Izzo” team. This year’s squad is still rebounding very well, but this has been the worst free-throw shooting team Izzo has had during his time at MSU (63.2%). This unconventional Spartans team is also shooting at a 38.6% clip from the 3-point line. Because of these abnormalities, many have gone on to say this is Izzo’s best coaching job at MSU.
On Saturday, the Spartans will take the floor in the Final Four once more against a familiar foe in the Duke Blue Devils and legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Is this Tom Izzo’s best Final Four run in his tenure at MSU? We rank each of his seven Final Four teams.