Michigan State Men's Basketball

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!

2000 NCAA Tournament Photo Gallery

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April 5, 2000 • Spartans Parade!

Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves, left, Morris Peterson and A.J. Granger celebrate during a victory parade for the NCAA champions in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, March 5, 2000. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo raises the Sears NCAA Championship trophy at a celebration Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State alumnus Dave Claver, of Hopkins, Mich., holds up a national championship pennant at a rally at the Capitol in Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State's Charlie Bell waves to the crowd as teammate Steve Cherry videotapes during their victory parade through Lansing, Mich. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo looks at the National Championship trophy while addressing a rally at the Capitol Building in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, March 5, 2000. Michigan State's Morris Peterson high-fives fans as he enters Spartan Stadium for a rally Wednesday, April 5.


April 3, 2000 • MSU 89, Florida 76 • National Championship Game!

Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves is embraced by his mother Frances as his father Hank looks on after Michigan State won the NCAA Championship. National Champs!
National Champs!
National Champs!
National Champs!
National Champs!
National Champs!

Michigan State University fans at Cedar Village Apartments in East Lansing, Mich., celebrate the basketball team's NCAA Championship; fans celebrated peacefully after the game. MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo lifts the basketball section of the NCAA Final Four trophy off its base during a press conference in Indianapolis Tuesday. Michigan State University fans crowd the streets around Cedar Village Apartments. Where are you in this photo?!

Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves is embraced by his mother Frances as his father Hank looks on after Michigan State won the NCAA Championship. Coach Izzo and Mateen Cleaves embrace in the afterglow. National Champs!
National Champs!
National Champs!

Michigan State's Morris Peterson holds a sign in memory of his grandmother following the Spartans 89-76 win over Florida! Morris and Charlie Bell! Mateen=MVP!

And the Bench goes crazy! Mateen Cleaves! Mateen and Morris!

Mateen Cleaves goes out with a badly sprained ankle in the 2nd half, but returns to lead the Spartans to a National Championship! Go Spartans! National Champs!

Mateen Cleaves looks down court in the first half of the NCAA Championship against Florida. Morris Peterson looks on in the first half against Florida at the NCAA Championship. A.J. Granger dunks over Florida's Mike Miller in first half action

Charlie Bell tries to pass around Florida's Udonis Haslem in the first half of the NCAA chamionship game. Coach Izzo give the Spartans the thumbs up as MSU takes an early first-half lead. A.J. Granger dunks the ball over Florida's Udonis Haslem in the first half.

Florida center Udonis Haslem tries to block Mateen Cleaves' layup in the early moments of the NCAA Championship game. Chris Hildebrand, left, and Erika Olson, both of Denver, cheer for Michigan State prior to the NCAA Championship against Florida. Magic Johnson looks on from the stands prior to the NCAA Championship between Michigan State and Florida at the RCA Dome.


April 1, 2000 • MSU 53, Wisconsin 41
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo directs his team from the sidelines against Wisconsin. Morris Peterson celebrates as Michigan State pulls ahead of Wisconsin in the second half. Mateen Cleaves drives past Wisconsin's Travon Davis in the first half.

Michigan State players celebrate towards the end of the second half. Mateen Cleaves hugs teammate Morris Peterson as Michigan State pulls away from Wisconsin in the second half of their national semifinal game of the Final Four Saturday. Mateen and Morris

Mike Chappell defends Wisconsin's Roy Boone in their national semifinal game of the Final Four Saturday. Wisconsin's Kirk Penney fights for the ball with Michigan State's Morris Peterson and Andre Hutson in the second half of their semifinal game. Mateen Cleaves goes for the basket against Wisconsin's Charlie Wills during the second half.


March 25, 2000 • MSU 75, Iowa State 64

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo celebrates after the Spartans beat Iowa State 75-64. Michigan State's Morris Peterson celebrates the Spartans' 75-64 win over Iowa State. Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves celebrates with tomorrow's tomorrow's newspaper!

Spartan celebration! Mateen Cleaves cuts down the Midwest Regional net. Spartans headed to the Final Four in Indianapolis!

Charlie Bell playing Charlie Hustle... Morris Peterson takes a jumper over the Cyclones' Marcus Fizer. Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves looks up to the rafters during a break in the second half.


March 23, 2000 • MSU 75, Syracuse 58

Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves celebrates the Spartans' 75-58 win over Syracuse in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional on Thursday, March 23, 2000, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo tries to fire up his team during the first half against Syracuse. Michigan State's A.J. Granger goes up to block a shot by Syracuse's Ryan Blackwell.


Michigan State's Andre Hutson drives on Syracuse's Ryan Blackwell. Michigan State's Mike Chappell tries to steal the ball from Syracuse's Etan Thomas during the second half. Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves passes the ball beyond the reach of Syracuse's Allen Griffin.


Cleaves celebrates Michigan State's 75-58 win over Syracuse in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regional Thursday. Michigan State players clasp hands as they celebrate their 75-58 win over Syracuse.


March 22, 2000

Michigan State received a warm welcome at the Palace with more than 3,500 fans attending Wednesday's (3/22) practice session. Senior forward A.J. Granger leads the Spartans onto the floor for Wednesday's practice at the Palace of Auburn Hills.


March 18, 2000 • MSU 73, Utah 61

Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves hugs Utah's Hanno Mottola after the Spartan's 73-61 win on Saturday, March 18, 2000 in Cleveland. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts during the Spartan's second round NCAA tournament game against Utah Saturday, March 18, 2000 in Cleveland. Michigan State's Andre Hutson loses the ball as he runs into Utah defenders Hanno Mottola and Tony Harvey on Saturday, March 18, 2000 in Cleveland.


Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves reacts during the Spartan's 73-61 win over Utah to advance to the Sweet 16 on March 18, 2000 in Cleveland. Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves passes off during the first half against Utah on Saturday, March 18, 2000 in Cleveland. The Michigan State bench erupts as the Spartans take control during the second half of their 73-61 win over Utah Saturday, March 18, 2000 in Cleveland.


March 16, 2000 • MSU 65, Valparaiso 38

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, left, gives Mateen Cleaves an earfull during a timeout against Valparaiso on Thursday, March 16, 2000 in Cleveland. Valparaiso's Ivan Vujic gets squeezed between A. J. Granger and Jason Richardson of Michigan State on Thursday, March 16, 2000 in Cleveland. Michigan State's David Thomas looks to pass late in the Spartan's 65-38 win over Valparaiso on Thursday, March 16, 2000 in Cleveland.


All-American forward Morris Peterson leads lay-up drills at Wednesday's practice in Cleveland as top-seed Michigan State prepares for its NCAA first-round game vs. Valparaiso. Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves celebrates during the Spartan's 65-38 win over Valparaiso on Thursday, March 16, 2000 in Cleveland. Michigan State point guard Mateen Cleaves calls out a play as he brings the ball up court against Valparaiso on Thursday, March 16, 2000 in Cleveland.


March 15, 2000

All-America guard Mateen Cleaves directs the offense during Wednesday's practice session in Cleveland as the Spartans prepare for their opening round matchup vs. Valparaiso. Michigan State's Morris Peterson, Mateen Cleaves and A.J. Granger share a laugh during Wednesday's NCAA Tournament press conference. Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo applauds his team's effort during Wednesday's NCAA Tournament practice session at the CSU Convocation Center.