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Big Ten MVPs
Frank Williams of Illinois voted the best in the conference March 22, 2001

Big Ten's Most Valuable Players

 

Frank Williams of Illinois voted the best in the conference

 

March 22, 2001

 

The Chicago Tribune's Silver Basketball Award has been

given to the Big Ten's most valuable player each year

since 1946.  This year's award (2001) went to Illinois

sophomore guard Frank Williams. Williams is the fifth

Illini player to be so honored and the first since Jim Dawson

in 1967.

 

Williams joins a veritable who's who of former winners,

including Ohio State's Jerry Lucas from 1960-1962,

Michigan's Cazzie Russell 1965-1966, Minnesota's Jim

Brewer in 1972, Michigan State's Magic Johnson in

1979, Indiana's Steve Alford in 1987, and Michigan

State's Mateen Cleaves in 1998-1999.

 

PAST WINNERS:

 

1946: Max Morris, F, Northwestern... 1947: Glen Selbo,

G, Wisconsin... 1948: Murray Wier, F, Iowa... 1949:

Dike Eddleman, F, Illinois... 1950: Don Rehfeldt, C,

Wisconsin...1951: Don Sunderlage, G, Illinois... 1952:

Chuck Darling C, Iowa... 1953: Don Schlundt, C, Indiana

... 1954: Johnny Kerr, C, Illinois... 1955: Chuck Mencel,

G, Minnesota... 1956: Robin Freeman, G, Ohio State...

1957: Archie Dees, C, Indiana... 1958: Archie Dees, C,

Indiana... 1959: John Green, C, Michigan State.

 

1960: Jerry Lucas, C, Ohio State... 1961: Jerry Lucas, C,

Ohio State... 1962: Jerry Lucas, C, Ohio State... 1963:

Gary Bradds, C, Ohio State... 1964: Gary Bradds, C,

Ohio State... 1965: Cazzie Russell, G, Michigan... 1966:

Cazzie Russell, G, Michigan... 1967: Jim Dawson, G.

Illinois... 1968: Sam Williams, F, Iowa... 1969: Rick

Mount, G, Purdue.

 

1970: Rick Mount, G, Purdue... 1971: Jim Cleamons, G,

Ohio State... 1972: Jim Brewer, C, Minnesota... 1973:

Steve Downing, C, Indiana... 1974: Campy Russell, F,

Michigan... 1975: Scott May, F, Indiana... 1976: Scott

May, F, Indiana... 1977: Kent Benson, C, Indiana...

1978: Mychal Thompson, C, Minnesota... 1979: Magic

Johnson, G, Michigan State.

 

1980: Mike Woodson, F, Indiana... 1981: Ray Tolbert, C,

Indiana... 1982: Clark Kellogg, F, Ohio State... 1983:

Randy Whitman, G, Indiana... 1984: Jim Rowinski, C,

Purdue... 1985: Roy Tarpley, C, Michigan... 1986: Scott

Skiles, G, Michigan State... 1987: Steve Alford, G, Indiana

... 1988: Gary Grant, G, Michigan... 1989: Glen Rice, F,

Michigan.

 

1990: Steve Smith, G, Michigan State... 1991: Jim Jackson,

G/F, Ohio State... 1992: Jim Jackson, G/F, Ohio State...

1993: Calbert Cheaney, F, Indiana... 1994: Glenn Robinson,

F, Purdue... 1995: Shawn Respert, G, Michigan State...

1996: Brian Evans, F, Indiana... 1997: Bobby Jackson, G,

Minnesota... 1998: Mateen Cleaves, G, Michigan State...

1999: Mateen Cleaves, G, Michigan State...

 

2000: Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State... 2001: Frank

Williams, G, Illinois.

 

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Michigan State tops Temple - March 2001
Gains 3rd straight Final Four Dance!

Michigan State knocks down Temple 69-62... March 2001

 

From 'Detroit Free Press' by Mitch Albom, Sports Writer:

 

Atlanta -- With less than a minute left, the ball came off

the rim and Andre Hutson rose to it like, well, like a

Spartan. His big hands clamped, his elbows swung, and

He owned that ball, he owned it, never mind that three

Temple players tried to get it away from him, it was his,

the ball was green, the score was green, the day was

green, and the lights to the Final Four were turning

green, too.

 

Get the boards, get the glory. With a philosophy that

is more like hockey -- dump it in, storm the rebounds,

good things will happen -- the machine that is Michigan

State basketball has rolled to the Biggest Dance again.

 

"Three Final Fours in three years," coach Tom Izzo said,

shaking his head in amazement, after his Spartans

ousted yet another team with a gimmick, this time

Temple and its ballyhooed wear-you-down defense, to

reach the final battlefield in its quest to defend the

national championship.

 

"Even I have to give in to the idea that our program

now shows... consistency," coach Izzo continued.

 

Consistency? There are calendars that are less reliable.

The Spartans take you on, wear you down, bang you

sideways, and grab every shot that doesn't fall

through the rim.

 

It is true that every game, there seems to be another

hot hand, points-wise, and on Sunday afternoon it was

David Thomas, the senior from Canada, who scored a

career-high 19, including a crucial three-pointer, in the

69-62 victory.

 

But all you really need to know about Sunday's South

Regional final is this: in the last five minutes, the Spartans

crashed the boards so effectively, that Temple got just

one shot on all but one of its possessions.

 

The Spartans stepped over every pothole the critics could

dig and played the game they have been playing in 27

prior victories this season (2000-2001). Crash the boards,

clamp on the defense, depend on your leaders to find a

way to get points.

 

Here was Zach Randolph, the freshman, grabbing one

offensive board, then another, three in the final two

minutes alone, 14 rebounds for the day.

 

Here was Andre Hutson, the big man, making like a

guard, bounce-passing beautifully to Randolph for a

lay-up and Jason Richardson for another.

 

Here was Charlie Bell, the senior guard, spotting up

for a three. And here was David Thomas, battling

personal sorrow over a gravely ill cousin who is

dying from cancer, rising above it for the moment, not

only gunning long-range jumpers but slamming down

a rebound, then roaring to the crowd.

 

"I just got rolling," Thomas said, in typical MSU

understatement.

 

Didn't they all? By the final horn, the Spartans had

43 rebounds to Temple's 27. They harassed Temple's

big gun, Lynn Greer, forcing him into 7-for-21

shooting. And they got the offense they needed from

Thomas (19), Bell (14), Hutson (11) and Richardson (11).

 

The eturn appearance of the men from East Lansing --

third time in three years -- creates the perception, and

a correct one, that this is a premier program now, this is

one of those teams that you expect to be there, this is

color, this Spartans green, that belongs in the Final Four,

the same way as the varying shades of blue that are

Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.

 

What that does for future recruiting and team confidence

is immeasurable.

 

"The key was they were willing to work for it. They

worked and worked and worked," said coach Izzo.

 

And the result is, they have forged an identity of their

own. Here is their identity: They don't care about your

gimmick. They don't care about your seed. They have

seniors - Bell, Hutson, Thomas - who can play

level-headed. They have underclassmen - Richardson,

Randolph, Marcus Taylor - who can come on in star

bursts. They seem to mostly enjoy playing defense. And

they have a simple philosophy about the loose basketball

that more teams would win if they could adopt it.

 

That rebound is ours, and nobody else touches it.

 

Get the boards, get the glory.

 

Get the airplanes ready.

 

It's happening again.

 

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