2004–05 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

The 2004–05 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Spartans, led by 10th-year head coach Tom Izzo, played their home games at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan and were members of the Big Ten Conference. MSU finished the season 25–7, 13–3 to finish in second place in the Big Ten. They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year and advanced to the Final Four before losing to eventual National Champion North Carolina.

2004–05 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
NCAA Tournament, Final Four
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 15
2004–05 record26–7 (13–3 Big Ten)
Head coachTom Izzo (10th season)
Assistant coachMark Montgomery (4th season)
Assistant coachDoug Wojcik (2nd season)
Assistant coachDwayne Stephens (2nd season)
CaptainAlan Anderson
CaptainTim Bograkos
CaptainChris Hill
CaptainKelvin Torbert
Home stadiumBreslin Center
Seasons
2004–05 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Illinois 15 1   .938     37 2   .949
No. 15 Michigan State 13 3   .813     26 6   .813
No. 20 Wisconsin 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
Indiana 10 6   .625     15 14   .517
Minnesota 10 6   .625     21 11   .656
Ohio State 8 8   .500     20 12   .625
Iowa 7 9   .438     21 12   .636
Northwestern 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Michigan 4 12   .250     13 18   .419
Purdue 3 13   .188     7 21   .250
Penn State 1 15   .063     7 23   .233
2005 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of March 15, 2005; Rankings from AP Poll[1]

Previous seasonEdit

The Spartans finished the 2003–04 season 18–12, 12–4 in Big Ten play to finish in third place. They lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament to Wisconsin. They received a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their seventh straight trip to the Tournament, and lost in the First Round to Nevada

Season summaryEdit

The Spartans were led by senior Alan Anderson (13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game), juniors Maurice Ager (14.1 points per game) and Paul Davis (12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game), and sophomore Shannon Brown (10.9 points per game).

They began the season ranked No. 13 in the country. The Spartans struggled early in the non-conference schedule, beginning 3–2 with losses to No. 10 Duke in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge[2] and George Washington in the BB&T Classic.[2] MSU won their remaining non-conference games to finish the non-conference schedule with a record of 8–2 and ranked No. 20 in the country.

The Spartans cruised through the Big Ten, only losing three games, including a loss to No. 1 Illinois[3] and finished second in conference to Illinois. MSU finished the regular season with a 13–3 conference record and 22–5 overall while being ranked No. 13 in the country. The Spartans lost in the quarterfinals in the Big Ten Tournament to Iowa.[4]

Michigan State received an at-large bid as a No. 5 seed in the Austin Regional of the NCAA Tournament, their eighth straight appearance in the Tournament under Tom Izzo. After having exited in the First Round the prior year, the Spartans faced Old Dominion in the First Round in the dreaded 5 vs. 12 seed matchup. The Spartans trailed by five at half time, 42–37, but rallied to pull out the victory, 89–81.[5] In the Second Round, MSU faced No. 13 seed Vermont. Led by Maurice Ager's 19 points, the Spartans won 72–61 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the sixth time in eight years.[5]

In the Sweet Sixteen, the Spartans beat No. 3-ranked and No. 1-seeded Duke, which MSU had not defeated since 1958. After a first half which saw the score tied at 32, MSU pulled out a rugged victory to advance to the Elite Eight, winning 78–68 behind Paul Davis' 20 points and 12 rebounds.[6] The win marked Izzo's first and only win over Duke's until the Elite Eight victory over th #1 seeded Duke in 2019.Mike Krzyzewski (as of 2017).[7]

In the Elite Eight, MSU faced No. 7-ranked and No. 2-seeded Kentucky on Easter Sunday. The Spartans trailed 37–33 after the first half, but rallied to take the lead by eight with over five minutes remaining in regulation.[8] However, Kentucky rallied to within three with seconds remaining. After missing two attempts to tie the game, Patrick Sparks got a desperation shot off with less than second remaining. After bouncing four times on the rim, the ball went through the hoop for a basket, but officials had to review the replay to determine if his foot was on the three-point line.[8] After a five-minute review, Kentucky was given credit for the three to move the game to overtime.[8] Both teams only managed six points in the overtime period, scoring none in the final minute to force double overtime. On the strength of free throw shooting in the second overtime, the Spartans pulled out the win, 94–88.[9]

The win meant the Spartans advanced to their fourth Final Four in seven years. With Illinois also advancing to the Final Four to face Louisville, the Big Ten had two teams in the Final Four for the first time since 2000 when Michigan State defeated Wisconsin on the way to the National Championship.

No. 2-ranked and No. 1-seeded North Carolina loomed as the opponent for MSU in the Final Four. MSU took the halftime lead at 38–33, but North Carolina's Sean May scored 22 points and Spartans were outscored by 19 in the second half, losing 87–71.[10][11]

RosterEdit

2004–05 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
PG 13 Maurice Ager 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Crockett Vocational Tech Detroit, Michigan
G 3 Shannon Brown 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Proviso East H.S. Maywood, Illinois
F 15 Alan Anderson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr De la Salle H.S. Minneapolis, Minnesota
C 40 Paul Davis 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Rochester H.S. Rochester Hills, Michigan
G 30 Tim Bograkos 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Central H.S. Flint, Michigan
PF Marquise Gray
Fr Beecher H.S. Flint, Michigan
F 43 Andy Harvey 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Escanaba Area Public H.S. Escanaba, Michigan
G 5 Chris Hill 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Lawrence North H.S. Indianapolis, Indiana
C Idong Ibok
Fr Montverde Academy Montverde, Florida
C 34 Drew Naymick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So North Muskegon H.S. North Muskegon, Michigan
PG Drew Neitzel
Fr Wyoming Park H.S. Wyoming, Michigan
F 50 Delco Rowley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Arlington H.S. Indianapolis, Indiana
C Goran Suton
Fr Everett H.S. Lansing, Michigan
G 23 Kelvin Torbert 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Northwestern H.S. Flint, Michigan
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-11-07

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 19, 2004*
7:05 pm
No. 13 Grand Valley State W 77–62 
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Nov 10, 2004*
4:00 pm
No. 13 Northern Michigan W 98–56 
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Regular season
Nov 19, 2004*
8:05 pm
No. 13 Florida A&M W 104–72  1–0
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 23, 2004*
8:05 pm
No. 10 Green Bay W 104–46  2–0
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 27, 2004*
12:05 pm
No. 10 Nicholls State W 102–52  3–0
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 30, 2004*
9:00 pm
No. 10 at No. 9 Duke
Big Ten - ACC Challenge
L 74–81  3–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Dec 4, 2004*
3:30 pm
No. 11 George Washington
BB&T Classic semifinals
L 83–96  3–2
MCI Center (13,104)
Washington, DC
Dec 5, 2004*
12:30 pm
No. 11 vs. George Mason
BB&T Classic third place game
W 66–60  4–2
MCI Center 
Washington, DC
Dec 11, 2004*
3:50 pm
No. 20 vs. Stanford
Spartan Clash
W 78–53  5–2
The Palace of Auburn Hills (20,067)
Auburn Hills, MI
Dec 18, 2004*
No. 21 Delaware State W 63–45  6–2
Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 21, 2004*
9:00 pm
No. 23 UCLA W 76–64  7–2
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 29, 2004*
7:00 pm
No. 23 North Carolina-Asheville W 98–63  8–2
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 5, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 20 Penn State W 84–58  9–2
(1–0)
Bryce Jordan Center (5,637)
State College, PA
Jan 8, 2005
2:07 pm
No. 20 Northwestern W 87–58  10–2
(2–0)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 16, 2005
12:30 pm
No. 15 Wisconsin L 59–62  10–3
(2–1)
Kohl Center (17,142)
Madison, WI
Jan 18, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 19 Purdue W 71–64  11–3
(3–1)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 22, 2005
3:30 pm
No. 19 Minnesota W 69–55  12–3
(4–1)
Williams Arena (12,200)
Minneapolis, MN
Jan 28, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 15 Michigan
Rivalry
W 64–53  13–3
(5–1)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 29, 2005*
8:00 pm
No. 15 Oakland W 92–75  14–3
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 1, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 12 No. 1 Illinois L 68–81  14–4
(5–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 5, 2005
1:32 pm
No. 12 Iowa W 75–64  15–4
(6–2)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
Feb 9, 2005
8:00 pm
No. 13 Ohio State W 83–69  16–4
(7–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 12, 2005
4:00 pm
No. 13 Michigan
Rivalry
W 64–59  17–4
(8–2)
Crisler Arena (13,751)
Ann Arbour, MI
Feb 16, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 13 Minnesota W 81–62  18–4
(9–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 19, 2005
12:00 pm
No. 11 Purdue W 68–57  20–4
(10–2)
Mackey Arena (13,965)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 24, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 10 No. 20 Wisconsin W 77–64  21–4
(11–2)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 27, 2005
12:05 pm
No. 10 Indiana L 74–78 OT 20–5
(11–3)
Assembly Hall (17,311)
Bloomington, IN
Mar 2, 2005
7:00 pm
No. 14 Northwestern W 69–58  21–5
(12–3)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (6,147)
Evanston, IL
Mar 5, 2005
8:00 pm
No. 14 Penn State W 90–64  22–5
(13–3)
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 11, 2005
5:40 pm
(2) No. 15 vs. (7) Iowa
quarterfinals
L 69–71  22–6
(13–3)
United Center 
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
Mar 18, 2005*
9:50 pm, CBS
(5 Austin) No. 15 vs. (12 Austin) Old Dominion
First Round
W 89–81  23–6
DCU Center (13,009)
Worcester, MA
Mar 20, 2005*
2:45 pm, CBS
(5 Austin) No. 15 vs. (13 Austin) Vermont
Second Round
W 72–61  24–6
DCU Center (13,008)
Worcester, MA
Mar 25, 2005*
6:10 pm, CBS
(5 Austin) No. 15 vs. (1 Austin) No. 3 Duke
Sweet Sixteen
W 78–68  25–6
Frank Erwin Center 
Austin TX
Mar 27, 2005*
4:05 pm, CBS
(5 Austin) No. 15 vs. (2 Austin) No. 7 Kentucky
Elite Eight
W 94–88 2OT 26–6
Frank Erwin Center (16,239)
Austin, TX
Apr 2, 2005*
7:49 pm, CBS
(5 Austin) No. 15 vs. (1 Syracuse) No. 2 North Carolina
Final Four
L 71–87  26–7
Edward Jones Dome (47,754)
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time[12].

Player statisticsEdit

Individual player statistics (Final)
Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Tot Avg A Stl Blk
Aerts, Jason 8 7 0.9 3 3 1.000 0 0 1 2 .500 9 1.1 0 0 0
Ager, Maurice 33 464 14.1 150 315 .476 53 132 .402 111 135 .822 128 3.9 60 22 8
Anderson, Alan 33 437 13.5 149 268 .556 25 65 .385 114 130 .877 184 5.6 56 32 7
Bograkos, Tim 33 50 1.5 19 39 .487 3 12 .250 9 14 .643 44 1.3 27 19 2
Brown, Shannon 33 361 10.9 126 282 .447 31 94 .330 78 98 .848 104 3.2 57 41 5
Davis, Paul 32 392 12.3 157 290 .541 1 8 .125 77 115 .670 257 8.0 50 35 20
Hamo, Anthony 12 0 0.0 0 3 .000 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 1 0.1 0 0 0
Harvey, Andy 13 4 0.3 1 7 .143 0 3 .000 2 3 .667 5 0.4 0 0 1
Hill, Chris 33 291 8.8 99 239 .414 61 167 .365 32 43 .744 60 1.8 140 44 1
Naymick, Drew 29 44 1.5 17 30 .567 0 0 10 16 .625 56 1.9 9 6 16
Neitzel, Drew 33 115 3.5 43 113 .381 16 49 .327 13 20 .650 24 0.7 97 16 0
Rowley, Delco 29 52 1.8 19 40 .475 0 0 14 20 .700 65 2.2 8 9 7
Tobert, Kelvin 33 314 9.5 109 214 .509 29 84 .345 67 81 .827 97 1.5 50 23 13
Trannon, Matt 26 59 2.3 22 32 .688 0 0 15 27 .556 87 3.3 11 11 7
Legend
  GP  Games played  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals   A  Assists

Source[13]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Final
AP[14] 13 10 11 20 21 23 23 20 15 19 15 12 13 11 10 14 15 N/A*
Coaches[15] 10 9 9 16 18 20 20 19 12 16 13 10 12 10 9 12 10 5

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Alan Anderson – All Big Ten Second Team (Media), All Big Ten Third Team (Coaches)[16]
  • Alan Anderson – USBWA All-District Team[17]
  • Maurice Ager – All Big Ten Second Team (Coaches), All Big Ten Third Team (Media)[16]
  • Paul Davis – All Big Ten Third Team[16]
  • Shannon Brown – All Big Ten Honorable Mention (Coaches)[16]
  • Drew Neitzel – All Big Ten All-Freshman Team[16]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Michigan State Edged By Iowa, 71–69 – Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
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  7. ^ "Matchup Finder | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  8. ^ a b c "Michigan St. outlasts Kentucky in double-OT thriller". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  9. ^ "Men's Basketball Makes Fourth Trip To Final Four In Last Seven Years – Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  10. ^ "Michigan State Falls To North Carolina In Final Four Matchup – Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  11. ^ "Oh Roy! North Carolina stops Michigan State". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  12. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/michigan-state/2005-schedule.html
  13. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/michigan-state/2005.html
  14. ^ "2005 Michigan State Spartans". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  15. ^ "NCAA College Basketball Polls, College Basketball Rankings, NCAA Basketball Polls – ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Maurice Ager And Alan Anderson Named Second-Team All-Big Ten – Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  17. ^ "Alan Anderson Named To USBWA All-District Team – Michigan State Official Athletic Site". www.msuspartans.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10.