2006–07 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

The 2006–07 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Tom Izzo who was in his 12th year. The team played their home games at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU finished the season 23–12, 8–8 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for seventh place. The Spartans received their tenth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the Second Round to North Carolina.

2006–07 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Record23–12 (8–8 Big Ten)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Captains
Home arenaBreslin Center
Seasons
2006–07 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
No. 1 Ohio State 15 1   .938 35 4   .897
No. 6 Wisconsin 13 3   .813 30 6   .833
Indiana 10 6   .625 21 11   .656
Iowa 9 7   .563 17 14   .548
Purdue 9 7   .563 22 12   .647
Illinois 9 7   .563 23 12   .657
Michigan State 8 8   .500 23 12   .657
Michigan 8 8   .500 22 13   .629
Minnesota 3 13   .188 9 22   .290
Penn State 2 14   .125 13 18   .419
Northwestern 2 14   .125 11 19   .367
2007 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of March 13, 2007; Rankings from AP Poll[1]

Previous seasonEdit

The Spartans finished the 2005–06 season 22–12, 8–8 in Big Ten play to finish in sixth place. Michigan State received an at-large bid as a No. 6 seed to the NCAA Tournament, their ninth straight trip to the Tournament, and lost in the First Round.

The Spartans lost seniors Paul Davis (17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game), Maurice Ager (19.3 points per game) and junior Shannon Brown (17.2 points per game) to the NBA Draft following the season.

Season summaryEdit

MSU was led by junior Drew Neitzel (18.1 points and 4.3 assist per game) and freshman Raymar Morgan (11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game).

Non-conferenceEdit

MSU started the season well with wins over Brown, Youngstown State, and The Citidel in East Lansing. The Spartans then participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic held at Madison Square Garden where they edged out No. 19 Texas in the semifinals on a Drew Neitzel last second basket.[2][3] In the championship game, the Spartans lost on a controversial no-call of a shot clock violation which allowed Maryland to maintain their lead and hold off the Spartans 62–59.[4][5] Wins over Vermont and Oakland at Breslin Center led to a loss at Boston College in the ACC–Big Ten Challenge.[6] MSU closed the non-conference schedule strong, winning their last seven games. However, the Spartans finished the non-conference slate 1–2 in their only trips outside the state of Michigan in the non-conference schedule. MSU finished the non-conference schedule with a record of 13–2, but was not ranked in the polls.

Big Ten playEdit

Following back-to-back losses to open the Big Ten season the prior year, the Spartans again suffered back-to-losses to open the season, this time on the road to Iowa[7] and Indiana.[8] The remaining Big Ten season was a roller coaster with a four-game winning streak immediately followed by a four-game losing streak and losses to Ohio State (ranked No. 4 and No. 5).[9][10] A win against No. 1 Wisconsin highlighted the Big Ten season and likely assured the Spartans a trip to the NCAA Tournament.[11] The Spartans finished 8–8 in conference, finishing in a tie for seventh place. MSU lost to Wisconsin[12] after beating Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament.[13]

NCAA TournamentEdit

Helped by the win over No. 1 Wisconsin, the Spartans received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year, receiving a No. 9 seed, their lowest seed since 2002. A victory over Marquette, coached by former Izzo assistant Tom Crean, in the First Round of the Tournament[14] was followed by a loss to No. 3 North Carolina in the Second Round.[15]

RosterEdit

2006–07 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
Deon Curry
Fr
G 22 Isaiah Dahlman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Braham Area H.S. Braham, Minnesota
G 1 Brandon Darnton 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Harbor Springs Harbor Springs, Michigan
G 15 DeMarcus Ducre 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Jr Saginaw H.S. Saginaw, Michigan
PF 41 Marquise Gray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS So Beecher H.S. Flint, Michigan
F 43 Jacob Hannon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Cody H.S. Cody, Wyoming
C 40 Tom Herzog 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Powers H.S. Flint, Michigan
C 00 Idong Ibok 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS So Montverde Academy Montverde, Florida
G 23 Maurice Joseph 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Champlain School Saint-Lambert, Quebec
F 2 Raymar Morgan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr McKinley H.S. Canton, Ohio
C 34 Drew Naymick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr North Muskegon H.S. North Muskegon, Michigan
PG 11 Drew Neitzel 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Wyoming Park H.S. Wyoming, Michigan
C 14 Goran Suton 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS So Everett H.S. Lansing, Michigan
G 10 Bryan Tibaldi 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr West H.S. Traverse City, Michigan
G 5 Travis Walton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Lima H.S. Lima, Ohio
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2016-07-11

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1, 2006
7:00 pm
vs. Grand Valley State W 61–57 
                  Van Andel Arena 
Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 5, 2006
2:00 pm
Northern Michigan W 74–63 
                  Breslin Center 
East Lansing, MI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 8, 2006*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Brown
2K Sports Hoops Classic
W 45–34  1–0
 12  Joseph   6  Morgan   2  4 Tied  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 9, 2006*
7:30 pm
Youngstown State
2K Sports Hoops Classic
W 86–61  2–0
 14  Neitzel   12  Suton   7  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 12, 2006*
5:00 pm, ESPN Plus
The Citadel W 73–41  3–0
 17  Neitzel   8  Gray   5  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 16, 2006*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 19 Texas
2K Sports Hoops Classic semifinals
W 63–61  4–0
 18  Morgan   7  Tied   6  Neitzel  Madison Square Garden (8,103)
New York, NY
Nov 17, 2006*
9:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Maryland
2K Sports Hoops Classic finals
L 60–62  4–1
                  Madison Square Garden (7,398)
New York, NY
Nov 21, 2006*
7:00 pm
Vermont W 66–46  5–1
 26  Neitzel   8  Neitzel   6  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 25, 2006*
2:00 pm
Oakland W 71–53  6–1
 21  Neitzel   12  Gray   7  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Nov 29, 2006*
7:00 pm, ESPN
at Boston College
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
L 58–65  6–2
 18  Suton   9  Suton   4  Tied  Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, MA
Dec 3, 2006*
12:00 pm, ESPN Plus
Bradley W 82–53  7–2
 20  Neitzel   8  Naymick   9  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 6, 2006*
7:00 pm
IPFW W 80–43  8–2
 13  3 Tied   8  Tied   7  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 9, 2006*
3:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. BYU
Spartan Clash
W 76–61  9–2
 22  Neitzel   11  Suton   7  Tied  Palace of Auburn Hills (11,187)
Auburn Hills, MI
Dec 16, 2006*
7:00 pm, ESPN Plus
Chicago State W 69–61  10–2
 32  Neitzel   11  Gray   5  Suton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 19, 2006*
7:00 pm
Belmont W 67–58  11–2
                  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 23, 2006*
12:00 pm, ESPN Plus
Green Bay W 76–64  12–2
 22  Neitzel   15  Suton   8  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Dec 30, 2006*
12:00 pm, ESPN Plus
Loyola (MD) W 74–61  13–2
 27  Suton   11  Gray   12  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Big Ten regular season
Jan 4, 2007
9:00 pm, ESPN2
at Iowa L 60–62  13–3
(0–1)
 20  Neitzel   9  Suton   6  Walton  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (11,469)
Iowa City, IA
Jan 7, 2007
4:30 pm, CBS
at Indiana L 51–73  13–4
(0–2)
 12  Walton   6  Ibok   3  Tied  Assembly Hall (17,274)
Bloomington, IN
Jan 10, 2007
8:00 pm, ESPN Plus
Northwestern W 66–45  14–4
(1–2)
 18  Neitzel   6  Naymick   5  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 14, 2007
1:30 pm, CBS
Illinois W 63–57  15–4
(2–2)
 19  Neitzel   6  Suton   4  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 20, 2007
4:30 pm, ESPN Plus
at Penn State W 91–64  16–4
(3–2)
 28  Neitzel   8  Morgan   7  Walton  Bryce Jordan Center (13,347)
University Park, PA
Jan 24, 2007
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Minnesota W 70–46  17–4
(4–2)
 14  Morgan   9  Gray   11  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Jan 27, 2007
9:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 5 Ohio State
ESPN College GameDay
L 64–66  17–5
(4–3)
 29  Neitzel   8  suton   5  Walton  Value City Arena (18,965)
Columbus, OH
Jan 30, 2007
9:00 pm, ESPN
at Illinois L 50–57  17–6
(4–4)
 13  Walton   6  Tied   5  Walton  Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
Feb 3, 2007
4:00 pm, CBS
No. 4 Ohio State L 54–63  17–7
(4–5)
 24  Neitzel   10  Suton   6  Neitzel  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 7, 2007
8:00 pm, ESPN Plus
at Purdue L 38–62  17–8
(4–6)
 9  Morgan   6  Suton   4  Suton  Mackey Arena (11,830)
West Lafayette, IN
Feb 13, 2007
9:00 pm, ESPN
Michigan
Rivalry
W 59–44  18–8
(5–6)
 21  Neitzel   7  Naymick   5  Tied  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 17, 2007
2:30 pm, ESPN Plus
Iowa W 81–49  19–8
(6–6)
 17  Neitzel   8  Suton   10  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 20, 2007
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 Wisconsin W 64–55  20–8
(7–6)
 28  Neitzel   8  Tied   10  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 24, 2007
9:00 pm, ESPN
Indiana
ESPN College GameDay
W 66–58  21–8
(8–6)
 18  Morgan   8  Morgan   6  Walton  Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
Feb 27, 2007
9:00 pm, ESPN
at Michigan
Rivalry
L 56–67  21–9
(8–7)
 13  Mortan   10  Suton   5  Walton  Crisler Arena (13,751)
Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 3, 2007
12:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 4 Wisconsin L 50–52  21–10
(8–8)
 22  Neitzel   7  Suton   5  Walton  Kohl Center (17,190)
Madison, WI
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 8, 2007
2:30 pm, ESPN2
(7) vs. (10) Northwestern
opening round
W 62–57  22–10
 20  Neitzel   10  Suton   6  Neitzel  United Center (16,219)
Chicago, IL
Mar 9, 2007
6:40 pm, ESPN Plus
(7) vs. (2) No. 3 Wisconsin
quarterfinals
L 57–70  22–11
 14  Suton   8  Suton   8  Neitzel  United Center (22,081)
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2007
7:20 pm, CBS
(9 E) vs. (8 E) No. 20 Marquette
First Round
W 61–49  23–11
 14  Morgan   9  Morgan   5  Tied  Joel Coliseum (14,148)
Winston-Salem, NC
Mar 17, 2007
8:13 pm, CBS
(9 E) vs. (1 E) No. 4 North Carolina
Second Round
L 67–81  23–12
 26  Neitzel   8  Suton   5  Tied  Joel Coliseum (14,148)
Winston-Salem, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time Source.[16].

Source[17]

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
Curry, Deon 9 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .500 3 0.3 1 1 0
Dahlman, Isaiah 26 96 3.7 31 73 .425 6 20 .300 28 37 .757 47 1.8 30 7 4
Darnton, Brandon 13 6 0.5 2 3 .667 1 2 .500 1 3 .333 0 0.0 2 1 0
Ducre, DeMarcus 23 18 0.8 5 16 .313 0 7 .000 1 3 .333 18 0.8 7 2 0
Gray, Marquise 35 238 6.8 96 166 .578 0 0 46 78 .590 191 5.5 19 20 22
Hannon, Jake 19 13 0.7 6 11 .545 0 0 1 4 .250 5 0.3 3 1 0
Ibok, Idong 34 67 2.0 25 37 .676 0 0 17 33 .515 77 2.3 4 5 33
Joseph, Maurice 31 183 5.9 58 153 .379 42 116 .362 25 35 .714 52 1.7 22 7 0
Morgan, Raymar 28 327 11.7 121 249 .486 5 16 .313 80 116 .690 145 5.2 24 19 13
Naymick, Drew 35 129 3.7 47 98 .480 0 0 35 46 .761 136 3.9 18 22 55
Neitzel, Drew 35 635 18.1 199 467 .426 114 277 .412 123 140 .879 99 2.8 151 29 9
Suton, Goran 35 327 9.3 137 269 .509 0 5 .000 53 82 .646 235 6.7 85 23 26
Tibaldi, Bryan 15 7 0.5 3 9 .333 1 4 .250 0 2 .000 3 0.2 1 1 0
Walton, Travis 35 224 6.4 74 164 .451 13 39 .333 63 81 .778 91 2.6 191 42 0
Wardius, Chris 8 5 0.6 2 3 .667 0 0 1 2 .500 1 0.1 2 0 0
Legend
  GP  Games played  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals   A  Assists

Source[18]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314151617Final
APRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRV
CoachesRVRVRVRV2523252524RVRVRVRVRVRVRV

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Drew Neitzel – All-Big Ten First Team[19]
  • Drew Neitzel – USBWA All-District Team[20]
  • Travis Walton – Big Ten All-Defensive Team[19]
  • Drew Neitzel – AP All-American Honorable Mention[21]

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