Michigan State vs. Florida
April 3, 2000 — Indianapolis, Indiana
In a tournament filled with upsets, top seeded Michigan State would prove their placement at the top of the heap.
Michigan State’s top scorer Morris Peterson alongside fellow seniors Mateen Cleaves’ and A.J. Granger’s combined score of 58 points proved to be unstoppable by Coach Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators.
Spraining his ankle with 16:18 of play remaining, Mateen Cleaves was back to the floor after only 4 minutes. Although limping, Cleaves led a 16-6 run to put the game beyond the Gators’ reach, and was named Most Outstanding Player. The final score of 89-76 gave Michigan State Spartan’s their second championship, and coach Tom Izzo his first title.