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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: #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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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):

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Use FanWide to find your NCAAF College Football Bowl Game Watch Party!

Don’t fret that the college football season is winding to an end. It’s Bowl Season! The college football bowl games have been announced and there are some exciting match-ups this year.

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People are starting to gear up for bowl season, and some have even released rankings of the bowl game quality. 40 games will be played from December 16th through the New Year, one of the busiest times for travel. Whether you plan to travel to your team’s bowl game or stay and watch from home, FanWide can help you find a local meetup to watch your game wherever you are.

Here is a list of all the bowl games along with some direct links to FanWide events or search for others at FanWide.com: