Friday, March 27, 2015

Michigan State Elite Eight Facts

Michigan State defeats Oklahoma 62-58 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Michigan State is in their 13th Elite Eight and their 2nd consecutive.

They are 8-4 in their previous 12 appearances.
  • Defeated Kentucky 80-68 in 1957
  • Lost to Louisville 88-81 in 1959
  • Lost to Kentucky 52-49 in 1978
  • Defeated Notre Dame 80-68 in 1979
  • Defeated Kentucky 73-66 in 1999
  • Defeated Iowa State 75-64 in 2000
  • Defeated Temple 69-62 in 2001
  • Lost to Texas 85-76 in 2003
  • Defeated Kentucky 94-88 in 2005
  • Defeated Louisville 64-52 in 2009
  • Defeated Tennessee 70-69 in 2010
  • Lost to Connecticut 60-54 in 2014
Michigan State's Elite Eight is Tom Izzo's 9th.  He is tied with Jim Calhoun for 8th all-time and 5th among active coaches.

With Michigan State and Wisconsin advancing to the Elite Eight, the Big Ten has multiple teams in the Elite Eight for the 3rd consecutive year.  It is the first time since 1999-2001 that they have had multiple Elite Eight teams in 3 straight years.

Michigan State is the second consecutive #7 seed to advance to the Elite Eight.  Connecticut advanced to the Elite Eight last year.  It is also the second consecutive year that a #7 will face a #4 in the East Regional Final.  Michigan State was the #4 seed last year.

It is the third consecutive year that a team from Michigan is in the Elite Eight.  That is the first time it has happened since 1999-2001.

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