Michigan State Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Michigan State Spartans

Big Ten (28-6, 16-4)

Despite a rash of injuries hampering Michigan State, they still finished with a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Outside of a three game losing streak in late January and early February against Purdue, Indiana and Illinois, this has been one of the most consistent teams in the country.
Big Wins: 1/8 Purdue (77-59), 2/12 at Wisconsin (67-59), 2/24 at Michigan (77-70)
Bad Losses: 11/27 at Louisville (78-82), 2/2 Indiana (75-79), 2/5 at Illinois (74-79)
Coach: Tom Izzo
Why They Can Surprise:
Coach Tom Izzo knows how to get the most out of his team during the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans share the ball extremely well and, as usual, they are one of the best rebounding teams in the country. Cassius Winston is one of the top passers in the country, dishing out 7.7 assists per game. He also hits over 40 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and leads the team with 18.9 points per game. Winston can do it all and can carry this team a long way. Xavier Tillman and Kenny Goins are the team’s top two rebounders. Tillman has had a superb sophomore season, averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Goins, an experienced senior, adds 8.2 points and 8.9 rebounds.
Why They Can Disappoint:
When Nick Ward is healthy, the Spartans are even more dominate on the glass. The 6-9 junior missed the last five regular season games with a hand injury and did not really get much of a chance to get back into the full swing of things during the Big Ten Tournament either. The Spartans and Coach Izzo deserve a lot of credit for getting production out of Henry, Goins, Xavier Tillman and Gabe Brown in the frontcourt, but they will need Ward playing his best if they are going to reach the Final Four.
Probable Starters:
Cassius Winston, Junior, Guard, 18.9 ppg, 7.7 apg
Matt McQuaid, Senior, Guard, 9.9 ppg, 2.2 apg
Aaron Henry, Freshman, Forward, 5.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Kenny Goins, Senior, Forward, 8.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Nick Ward, Junior, Forward, 14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Key Role Players:
Xavier Tillman, Sophomore, Forward, 9.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Gabe Brown, Freshman, Forward, 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 79.7 (38th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.9 (45, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 48.9 (14, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 37.6 (4, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.3 (116, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 38.1 (29, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 74.5 (42, 1)
Rebound Margin: 9.0 (4, 1)
Assists Per Game: 19.1 (3, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.0 (176, 12)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Bucknell
2018NCAARound of 32 loss to Syracuse
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Miami (FL)
2017NCAARound of 32 loss to Kansas
2016NCAARound of 64 loss to Middle Tennessee State
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Georgia
2015NCAARound of 32 win over Virginia
2015NCAARegional Semifinal win over Oklahoma
2015NCAARegional Final win over Louisville
2015NCAANational Semifinal loss to Duke
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Delaware
2014NCAARound of 32 win over Harvard
2014NCAARegional Semifinal win over Virginia
2014NCAARegional Final loss to Connecticut
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Valparaiso
2013NCAARound of 32 win over Memphis
2013NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Duke
2012NCAARound of 64 win over Long Island
2012NCAARound of 32 win over St. Louis
2012NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Louisville
2011NCAARound of 64 loss to UCLA
2010NCAARound of 64 win over New Mexico State
2010NCAARound of 32 win over Maryland
2010NCAARegional Semifinal win over Northern Iowa
2010NCAARegional Final win over Tennessee
2010NCAANational Semifinal loss to Butler
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Robert Morris
2009NCAARound of 32 win over USC
2009NCAARegional Semifinal win over Kansas
2009NCAARegional Final win over Louisville
2009NCAANational Semifinal win over Connecticut
2009NCAANational Final loss to North Carolina
2008NCAARound of 64 win over Temple
2008NCAARound of 32 win over Pittsburgh
2008NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Memphis
2007NCAARound of 64 win over Marquette
2007NCAARound of 32 loss to North Carolina
*all team stats through 3/10