Taking a look at MSU’s top NCAA tournament players

The NCAA tournament officially gets going for Michigan State shortly.

With that in mind, in today’s LSJ we took a look at some of the top NCAA tournament players in the history of MSU men’s basketball with this being the 75th anniversary of the event.

The team of top five players we came up with consisted of Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser, Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson and Andre Hutson. All five played key roles on championship teams for the Spartans.

Who would your top five be? We had a poll up earlier in the week and below are some notable performers from the NCAA tournament that we considered when putting together a top five.

Also for some pre-game reading Solari has a good piece about MSU and the Detroit connection.

Magic Johnson
Johnson led MSU to its first national title and was most outstanding player of Final Four after outplaying Indiana State’s Larry Bird in the 1979 championship game

Mateen Cleaves
Was a part of two Final Four teams and was the Most Outstanding Player in 2000 after leading Spartans to second national title

Andre Hutson
Hutson played in three Final Fours (1999, 2000, 2001) and is MSU’s all-time leader in scoring (232 points) and rebounding (128) in the NCAA Tournament

Greg Kelser
Kelser had a MSU NCAA Tournament-record 34 points and was the MVP of the Mideast Regional and then also named All-Tournament in the Spartans’ 1979 title run

Johnny Green
Green was a part of MSU’s first Final Four in 1957 and averaged 19.7 rebounds in six career NCAA Tournament games

Morris Peterson
Peterson was instrumental in a pair of Final Four runs and was the Most Outstanding Player in the regionals in 1999 and 2000

Charlie Bell
Played on three Final Four teams and was on the All-Tournament team in 2000 and the South Regional Most Outstanding Player in 2001

Durrell Summers
Summers ranks as one of the Spartans top scorers in NCAA Tournament history and was part of back-to-back Final Fours and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Midwest Regional.

Draymond Green
Green played a key role off the bench in Final Four runs in 2009 and 2010 and joins Magic Johnson as the only Spartan players with two triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament

Steve Smith
Smith helped MSU to its first No. 1 seed in school history in 1990 and led a Sweet 16 run that ended with his 32 -point performance in an 81-80 overtime loss to Georgia Tech in the regional semifinal.

Scott Skiles
Skiles averaged nearly 25 points while leading the Spartans to the Sweet 16 in 1986


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5 Responses to Taking a look at MSU’s top NCAA tournament players

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    A great list of Champions if not for the injury in 2010 K Lucas would be on that list.

  2. avatar The Tanner says:

    Tourney player list baby !!!

    Beeline take on Dakota Jackalopes baby !!!

    Tommy get “W” baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the goods baby !!!

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    What an obvious headline for Cracker, it’s like typing the sun will rise in the East tomorrow morning. See Spot run is the prose level of the article.

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Chris, come on, this seeding of SDSU is as bad as making the Ducks of Oregon a 12, in the opposite direction. The Horizon League isn’t all that and although Oregon didn’t fare well in the regular season, they did win the Tourney.

    A bunch of stuff above about how writers and talking heads are picking Paris Hilton over the Rams. With 1 exception, I am not surprised and even that 1 has been some what tainted by his new work environment. I don’t know much about VCU, but will state here and now that it the Paris doesn’t score by beating the press that they will have difficulty scoring the basketball. Why? They will be hurried up. That game against the Bunnies was a shooting arcade. It was pass it around and an OPEN LOOK. There wasn’t much D. I think VCU is used to failing on the press and having a stout D to fall back on. Lord knows they’ll be able to score against Paris. So, Paris may get more bunnies off the press than VCU,. but that could be the only O Paris generates. The “3′s” fell yesterday for the 2nd worse clad team in the Tourney, we’ll see tomorrow.

  5. avatar 3M_Rocker says:

    Jumpin’ Johnny… 20 boards a game? Beast mode…

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