The history of Michigan State basketball dates back to the early 1900s. The team began playing organized basketball in 1899, and quickly developed a reputation for excellence on the court. However, it wasn't until the 1950s that Michigan State emerged as a dominant force in college basketball.
In 1957, the Spartans won their first Big Ten championship, and in 1959, they made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. The team's success continued into the 1960s, as they won multiple conference championships and made several appearances in the NCAA tournament.
It was in 1979 that Michigan State truly made history, as they won their first NCAA championship under head coach Jud Heathcote. The team's star player, Magic Johnson, led the way with his incredible talent and leadership on the court. Johnson's performance in the championship game against Indiana State is still considered one of the greatest in NCAA history.
The Spartans continued to be a top team in the 1980s and 1990s, with multiple conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances. In 2000, Michigan State won their second NCAA championship, this time under head coach Tom Izzo. The team's star player, Mateen Cleaves, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.