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Graphic proves that Michigan State basketball is a blue blood

MSU is a blue blood.



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Is Michigan State basketball a blue blood? That’s the age-old question but this graphic proves that the Spartans are.

Who are the blue bloods of college basketball? Some names come to mind like UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Kansas, but Michigan State basketball has made a case to join that group.

The Spartans have made 25 straight NCAA Tournament appearances which is a Big Ten record and also the third-longest in college basketball history.

If that’s not enough to prove that Michigan State belongs among the ranks of the blue bloods, maybe this graphic will do the trick:

Over the last 25 years (in which MSU has made every tournament), Michigan State is one of five programs with more than 50 NCAA Tournament wins. Who else has more than 50? Only Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina. The Spartans have more NCAA Tournament wins in that span than UConn, Florida, Gonzaga, Arizona, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova, and Wisconsin who have all been agents of success in the postseason for decades.

Michigan State is also the only team from the annual Champions Classic field that has made the Sweet 16 this year. The other teams in that four-team field (Kansas, Duke, Kentucky) were all eliminated in the second round.

There’s always going to be a debate about whether or not Michigan State basketball is a blue blood and most people who follow the sport say yes. A lot of coaches and college basketball experts believe the Spartans are a blue blood, but the rival fans are doing their best to oppose it.

Even Greg Kampe believes Michigan State is a blue blood.

Kampe knows it. I know it. You know it. Michigan State is absolutely a blue blood and if the NCAA Tournament success isn’t good enough proof, what possibly could be?

Tom Izzo has made Michigan State nationally relevant for 25-plus years.

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.