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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #4 Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans are FanWide’s #4 College Basketball Team! From the legendary Magic Johnson to their current star guard Cassius Winston, Michigan State basketball has always been led by its elite players. The devout Michigan State fan base, however, has been what has truly helped the Spartans thrive. Top 10 finishes in 6 of 8 categories helped the Spartans snag a prestigious spot in the top 5 among FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball teams.

Michigan State fans are accustomed to strong teams led by superstars. Photo courtesy of chatsports.com.

Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology):

Category Count NCAA Basketball Rank
Fan Clubs (FanWide) 104 3
National Championships (All time) 2 T-8
NCAA Tournament Wins (Last 10 years) 21 5
Regular Season Wins (Last 10 years) 270 6
NBA Lottery Picks (Last 10 years) 2 14
Attendance (2018) 14,797 13
Coach Tenure (Years) 24 3
Aggregate Social Media Followers (Thousands) 656.7 7

Top 10 So Far:

10. Wisconsin Badgers

9. Arizona Wildcats

8. Michigan Wolverines

7. Villanova Wildcats

6. Syracuse Orange

5. Duke Blue Devils

4. Michigan State Spartans

Fan Clubs: 104 (3rd)

The Spartans have 104 fan clubs listed between FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network, and the school’s official alumni network. Watch party locations for Spartans fans are spread all across the country. If you want to start your own Michigan State fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today!

National Championships: 2 (T-8th)

Michigan State basketball has won two National Championships, in 1979 and 2000. Their most recent appearance came in 2009, with a loss to North Carolina. Given their constant tournament presence, though, it is only a matter of time until another national title returns to East Lansing.

Recent NCAA Tournament Wins: 21 (5th)

Michigan State is always a team to watch in March, given their near-constant appearances and consistent tournament success. The Spartans have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past 10 seasons, highlighted by 4 Final Four appearances during this span.

Recent Regular Season Wins: 270 (6th)

The Spartans are always a regular-season powerhouse, even in a strong Big Ten conference, finishing each of the past 10 seasons with a winning percentage above .500. Their strong conference play has extended into tournament season, winning 4 recent Big Ten championships, highlighted by a conference title this past season.

Recent NBA Lottery Picks: 2 (14th)

Only two former Spartans have been selected among the top 14 picks in the NBA draft in recent years. In 2014, guard Denzel Valentine, a four-year star in East Lansing, was taken 14th overall by the Chicago Bulls. In 2018, rising NBA star forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. was selected at number 4 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Attendance in 2018: 14,797 (13th)

Fans and students alike always come out to support their Spartans. Their average attendance exceeds the Breslin Center’s listed capacity of 14,759

Coach Tenure: 24 years (3rd)

Over his illustrious career in East Lansing spanning more than two decades, coach Tom Izzo has built the Spartans into the powerhouse they are today. Izzo’s numerous achievements include 8 Final Four appearances and 6 Big Ten tournament championships. As a result of his many accolades, Izzo was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Aggregate Social Media Followers: 656,700 (7th)

The Spartans have a strong social media presence, finishing 7th in the category with over 650,000 followers across the three main platforms (114k Facebook likes, 431k Twitter followers, 116k Instagram followers). All three of these accounts are excellent sources of news, highlights, and other content for Spartans fans.

Top 15 finishes in all 8 categories and top 10 finishes in 6 categories propelled Michigan State to the #4 spot among FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Teams.

No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Michigan State Spartan fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network.

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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #5 Duke Blue Devils

Coming in at number 5 in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Rankings is the Duke Blue Devils. The hiring of head coach Mike Krzyzewski catapulted the extraordinary success experienced by the Blue Devils over the past 39 years. The Hall of Fame head coach took over for the Blue Devils In 1980. During Coach Krzyzewski’s legendary career, he has become the winningest coach in Division 1 college basketball history and has won 4 national championships. “Coach K” has also done a tremendous job of recruiting the top high school players in the country. In the past 5 years, Coach K has recruited NBA lottery picks such as Jahlil Okafor, Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, Marvin Bagley III, Zion Williamson, and RJ Barrett to play for the Blue Devils. Krzyzewski’s top notch recruiting shows his ability to adapt to the modern one-and-done era. The Blue Devil’s recent success has caused their fanbase to grow tremendously across the nation. Because of Duke’s recent success and their massive following, the Blue Devils place 5th on FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings.

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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #6 Syracuse Orange

Over the years, Syracuse has built one of the most consistently successful college basketball programs in the nation. The Jim Boeheim era has been particularly fruitful. Ten years after the former Orange guard graduated from Syracuse, he was named the head coach of their basketball program. That day in 1976 was a turning point for the program. 946 wins later, Syracuse is an established college basketball powerhouse. Their success on the court has translated to popularity off of it. Because of their prestige, they are often able to land top high school recruits and consistently produce NBA talent. From their consistent victories on the court to their record-breaking arena, Syracuse basketball is a blue-blood program. The team’s impressive resumeé has earned them the #6 spot in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings!

Syracuse fans almost always get a chance to cheer their team on in March. | Photo courtesy of syracuse.com
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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #7 Villanova

FanWide’s #7 NCAA Basketball team is the Villanova Wildcats. Villanova has won two of the last four National Championships. Coach Jay Wright has elevated Nova Basketball to a new level. Their consistent regular season success has made them increasingly interesting to watch for current fans, and their postseason glory has brought in a wave of new ones. Villanova’s tournament play has become must-see TV. Legendary moments like Kris Jenkins’ National Championship winning buzzer beater in 2016 and Donte DiVincenzo’s 2018 National Championship 31 point eruption have contributed to a new generation of Villanova fans. Their exciting play and consistent success has made them one of the most prominent programs in the nation and landed them a spot in FanWide’s Top 10.

Villanova fans celebrate the 2018 National Championship victory. | Photo courtesy of time.com
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Top NFL Teams: #1 Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers are the top team in FanWide’s NFL rankings. While the Green Bay Packers have dominated the rest of the NFL on the field with their 4 Super Bowl victories and 34 playoff wins, it is their unique connection to their fan base off the field that truly separates them from every other team. Located in the small city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Lambeau FIeld sticks out from the houses and local restaurants that surround it. Green Bay may not have the glitz and glamour of a New York or Los Angeles but they have Packers football and they love it. Every Sunday, from September to December, Packers fans come together whether it be at a home game or at a local bar (at a FanWide Packers watch party) to support and root for the Packers. This tight-knit and close community is what makes the Packers fan base special and different from every other NFL team.

Packers fans celebrating at a local bar/ Photo Courtesy of Tampa Bay Packers Club
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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #8 Michigan Wolverines

Coming in at #8 on FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Teams: the Michigan Wolverines. From the legendary “Fab Five” in the early ‘90s to the modern Michigan team, Wolverines basketball has always been about team cohesion and success. The strength of the team, however, cannot exist without the strength of the fans, who are unwavering in their support of the Wolverines. To repay their support, Michigan has grown into a yearly juggernaut, made evident by numerous Big Ten and NCAA Tournament wins. Strong finishes across all categories earned the Wolverines the #8 spot among FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Teams.

Wolverines fans have grown accustomed to deep tournament runs. Photo courtesy of mlive.com.

Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology):

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Was Kyler Murray Right In Choosing Football?

Last September, FanWide asked if there would ever be another multi-sport star? The gold standards in this regard have long been the inimitable Bo Jackson and the flashy Deion Sanders. Russell Wilson and Tim Tebow have tried to join the club, with mixed results. Usain Bolt looked decent on the pitch when he gave soccer a shot, but a contract dispute prevented him from fully pursuing what might have become an interesting career. And then, of course, there was Michael Jordan, whose brief foray into baseball didn’t exactly pan out.

The reason we’re revisiting this idea now is Kyler Murray, who was mentioned in the previous article mentioned above and was just drafted first overall in the NFL Draft. The Oklahoma quarterback made his mark on sports history when he was selected, becoming the first athlete to be drafted in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts. He was picked ninth overall in the MLB Draft just 10 months ago, by the Oakland Athletics. Following that selection, Murray received permission from Oakland management to play out his senior year in college football and certainly made the most out of the opportunity. In his final season, he totaled 5,362 yards and 54 touchdowns and was awarded the Heisman Trophy.

The world will never know what would have come to be had Kyler Murray stuck to baseball. Photo courtesy of ESPN.com.
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Top NFL Teams: #2 Dallas Cowboys

Coming in at number 2 in FanWide’s Top 10 NFL Team rankings is America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. Currently, the Cowboys have one of the youngest and most explosive offenses in the entire National Football League. Their young nucleus consists of quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper. On the defensive side of the field, The ‘Boyz are loaded with playmakers such as defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence, linebacker Jaylon Smith, and safety Byron Jones. With this talented core, the Cowboys were able to win the NFC East and advance to the NFC divisional round in 2018. While the Cowboys have been successful as of late, their historical success truly separates them from every other NFL team. The Cowboys have won a whopping 35 playoff games and 5 Super Bowls. America’s team is home to countless NFL greats such as Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Tony Dorsett. Playing for America’s team comes with a lot of pressure and responsibility. This young and talented Cowboy roster is more than capable to handle these enormous expectations.

Dallas Cowboy fans celebrating / Photo Courtesy of the SCDCFC Interview on FanWide
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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #9 Arizona Wildcats

Coming in at number 9 in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Rankings is the Arizona Wildcats. While the Wildcats have not won a national championship since 1997, they have had a lot recent success. Ever since Arizona hired Sean Miller as the head coach in 2009, the Wildcats have seen an uptick in tournament appearances and regular season wins. Not only has Miller been able to drastically improve Arizona’s winning percentage, he has also had a lot of success recruiting the top high school basketball players. Former top recruits and current NBA stars such as Deandre Ayton, Stanley Johnson, Lauri Markkanen, and Aaron Gordon have helped stabilize and improve an Arizona Basketball program on the rise. With a top-3 overall recruiting class (which includes top point guard Nico Mannion) for 2019, the Arizona Wildcats future looks very bright. Because of Arizona’s recent success and their massive fanbase, the Wildcats place 9th in FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings.

Arizona Wildcat fans celebrating their team / Photo courtesy of zonazealots.com
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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #10 Wisconsin Badgers

FanWide’s #10 College Basketball team is the Wisconsin Badgers! Few programs can combine historical greatness and present success the same way Wisconsin can. Though the team has not won a National Championship since 1941, the Badgers are a consistent threat in the always-competitive Big Ten conference, year in and year out. Even more impressive, however, is the unwavering commitment of Badgers fans, who are always there to support their team. Top 10 finishes in the categories of fan clubs, recent tournament wins, attendance, and aggregate social media followers earned the Wisconsin Badgers the #10 spot among FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Teams.

Badgers fans have devoutly followed their team through many Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments in recent years. Photo courtesy of uwbadgers.com.

Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology):