Final Four weekend is upon us. And we Spartans have nothing to do but root against Memphis (or do we suck it up and root for them so we can at least say we lost to the national champions?). So let’s take a trip down memory lane.
One Shining Moment:
Nonembeddable highlights of the 2000 championship game:
- Many find the “One Shining Moment” videos to be too schmalzy. I, for one, make it a point to stay up championship night and lap up the schmalziness every year.
- Could Charlie Bell rebound or what? You don’t see many off guards box out their man and tip the ball in the way he does early in the highlight clip.
- Shame the highlights don’t include Mike Chappell’s 3-pointer in the second half after Cleaves left the game. As I recall, that was the key shot of the game for MSU.
- Is that Ishbia or Cherry who almost scored on the reverse layup as time ran out?
- As great as the Cleaves storyline was, I always thought Peterson deserved to be the Final Four MVP. In the semifinal game vs. Wisconsin, he scored 20 points on 7-15 FG shooting. The rest of the team scored 33 points on 9-31 shooting. Peterson tacked on another 21 points on 7-14 shooting in the final.
- Had forgotten how good A.J. Granger was in the final: 19 points on 3-5 three-point shooting and 9 rebounds.
- Some things never change: the Wisconsin roster was composed entirely of role players who knew how to play together then as it is now. I don’t even remember who Roy Boone (18 points) was.
- The 2000 team was the very model of a team that could win in different kinds of games. 57 possessions in the win over Wisconsin vs. 69 possessions in the win over Florida. (Note: They turned it over 14 times in both games [24.6%/20.3%]. Maybe turnovers have always been a byproduct of the Izzo system. We’ll have to look into this further.)
Feel free to use the comments section to discuss this weekend’s games, reminisce about other great NCAA Tournament moments in Spartan history, compare schedule for planting flowers in your front lawn, etc.