The commemorative hard cover edition features a basketball grain textured cover with silver gilded pages. This beautiful coffee table book has over 340 full-color pages packed with photos and stories covering the history of Michigan State University Spartans Basketball.

One of the most storied and successful programs in college basketball history, Michigan State University has claimed two national titles, appeared in nine Final Fours, and won five Big Ten Tournament trophies and nine regular season conference titles. The athletes and coaches responsible for earning those accolades—Magic Johnson, Jud Heathcote, Mateen Cleaves, Tom Izzo, and a host of others—are some of the biggest names in the game, and they played against a backdrop of a Spartan Nation known for its pride and tradition.

Victory For MSU

Inside Look

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1The birth of basketball at MSU in 1898, including summary of the program’s first six coaches.
Chapter 2An overview of the next three decades of Spartan basketball, including the integration of MSU’s team.
Chapter 3Coach Forrest Anderson’s early years and his team’s first-ever trip to the Final Four in 1957.
Chapter 4A survey of Forrest Anderson’s tenure at the helm of the MSU program from 1958 to 1965.
Chapter 5The Spartans reach new milestones under Coach John Benington and then Coach Gus Ganakas, including MSU’s first Big Ten Championship.
Chapter 6Jud Heathcote, who will become a coaching legend in East Lansing, takes over the program and recruits Earvin Johnson.
Chapter 7Heathcote and Johnson settle in at MSU and show early signs of greatness in the 1977-’78 season.
Chapter 8The Spartans prevail through the twists and turns of the 1978-’79 regular season and position themselves for a postseason run.
Chapter 9MSU marches through the NCAA Tournament to its first national championship in 1979.
Chapter 10The highlights of Heathcote’s teams from 1980 to 1989, with two NIT and two NCAA trips during the decade.
Chapter 11Heathcote moves toward retirement in winning style, making the NCAA tournament in five of his final six seasons.
Chapter 12Tom Izzo takes up the head coaching mantle and leads his early teams to the Sweet 16 in 1998 and to the Final Four in 1999.
Chapter 13The road to MSU’s second national title with the “Flintstones” in 2000.
Chapter 14The NCAA tournament becomes an annual destination for Izzo’s teams, with five appearances and two Final Fours from 2001 to 2005.
Chapter 15MSU’s streak of excellence continues from 2006 to 2009 as the NCAA streak grows to 12 straight years and they finish as national runner-up in 2009.
Chapter 16The next four seasons, from 2010 to 2013, bring another Final Four appearance in 2010 and three trips to the Sweet 16.

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about the author

A bit of background

Bethany Bradsher has crafted compelling (and true) sports stories for over 20 years. As a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, Internet columnist, author and ghostwriter, she has interviewed some of the sports world’s top athletes and had a front-row seat to events and tales that prove why this country is gripped by collegiate and professional sports.

She has covered everything from the first two seasons of the Carolina Panthers franchise to the preparations for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the inside track on athletes in every sport at East Carolina University.

Her first book, Coaching Third: The Keith LeClair Story, was released in March of 2010. This was followed by The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big-Time Basketball to the South in November 2011 and Super Bowl 50: Celebrating Fifty Years of America’s Greatest Game in October 2015. Her first ghostwriting project, Broken Road, the biography of former NFL Pro Bowl running back Tony Collins, launched in December 2012

Bethany lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with her husband, Sid, and their four children. She enjoys running and exercise, reading great books, and attempting to play the piano.

As Heard On

WGVU NPR - Shelly Irwin

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The WGVU Morning Show. Shelly Irwin, NPR, 24 Oct. 2017

WJR - Frank Beckman

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The Frank Beckmann Show. WJR, 25 Oct. 2017

Michigan Business News Network - Chris Holman

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Michigan Business Beat. Chris Holman, MBN, 24 Oct. 2017

Michael Patrick Shiels - The BIG SHOW

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The BIG Show. Michael Patrick Shiels, 24 Oct. 2017


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