For a change, Tom Izzo and Michigan State entered a season unranked and on the outside of many experts’ list of Big Ten title contenders. Izzo worked his magic, per usual, as the Spartans shared the Big Ten crown, won the Big Ten tournament and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney to highlight Michigan State’s 2011-12 athletic year. To make things even better, star forward Draymond Green won Big Ten Player of the Year and earned first-team All-America honors. The Spartans, ultimately, advanced to the Sweet 16, where it lost to Louisville.
Catch Michigan State Day on BTN all day Monday. View our programming schedule for the list of shows, games and features to be shown on each Michigan State Day. Future Michigan State Days include: July 3 and July 24.
Other Michigan State highlights from the 2011-12 athletic year:
- Baseball earned an at-large bid to its first NCAA tourney since 1979.
- Football registered its second consecutive double-digit win campaign en route to becoming the Big Ten’s first Legends Division champion and playing in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game.
- Women’s golf defended its Big Ten title, coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll won Coach of the Year and Caroline Powers earned All-America honors.
- Rower Laura Cowal was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and earned All-America honors; varsity eight won fourth straight Big Ten crown.
- Women’s cross country claimed its second straight Big Ten championship and went on to finish 16th at the NCAA Championships.
Shows/games to be featured on Michigan State Day:
Big Ten Icons: Jud Heathcote
Big Ten Icons: Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Big Ten Basketball Replay: 2012 Big Ten Championship – Michigan State vs. Ohio State
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games – Football: 2000 Citrus Bowl – Michigan State vs. Florida
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games – Football: 2000 – Notre Dame at Michigan State
The Big Ten Ten’s Greatest Games – Basketball: Michigan State at Minnesota – 2/13/99
Big Ten Football Replay: 2012 Outback Bowl – Michigan State vs. Georgia
BTN Football Game of the Week: Michigan at Michigan State – 2011
BTN Football Game of the Week: Wisconsin at Michigan State – 2011