Michigan State is making its school record eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. It is the longest current streak among Big Ten schools and tied for seventh longest in the nation. Only Arizona (21), Kansas (16), Cincinnati (14), Kentucky (14), Stanford (11) and Duke (10) have longer current streaks. Oklahoma State is also making its eighth consecutive trip.
Overall, Michigan State is making its 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a record of 36-17 in its previous 18 tournaments. MSU has made five trips to the Final Four (1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001) and captured the NCAA Championship in 1979 and 2000.
In its 18 NCAA Tournaments, Michigan State has a record of 14-4 in its first game of the tournament. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the Spartans are 10-4 in the first round. Tom Izzo is 5-2 in first-round games.
Michigan State ranks eighth among all schools in NCAA Tournament winning percentage for teams with at least 20 tournament games. MSU's .692 winning percentage (36-17) trails only Duke (.764, 81-25), UCLA (.734, 80-29), Kentucky (.699, 93-40), UNLV (.698, 30-13), North Carolina (.695, 82-36), Kansas (.689) 73-33 and Indiana (.682, 58-27).
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo owns the second-best NCAA Tournament winning percentage among active coaches at .760 (19-6), ranking only behind Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (.790, 64-17).