MSU Beats UW in Ugly 2000 Final Four Game


The first half of the first game of the 2000 Final Four — college basketball’s highest profile and most watched event of the year — was downright unwatchable.

A pair of Big Ten rivals, Wisconsin and Michigan State, combined for an ugly 19–17 score at halftime. Fortunately for the Spartans and their fans, the second half was much sweeter thanks to the player they called “Sweet Mo Pete,” Morris Peterson.

The 2000 Big Ten Player of the Year, Peterson would score 16 of his 20 points in the second half of a 53–41, MSU victory. Two days later, Peterson and his teammates won the program’s first national title since Magic Johnson’s 1979 team. Peterson is currently an NBA free agent after an 11-year run spent with the Raptors, Hornets, Thunder and Bobcats.

No. 10 Michigan State travels to No. 22 Wisconsin on Thursday for a key, late-season Big Ten matchup. Morris Peterson profile

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