Tom Izzo March Madness History: All-Time Record and Appearances in Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four

Tom Izzo's March Madness history, including his all-time record and appearances in the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and national championship.
Tom Izzo's March Madness history, including his all-time record and appearances in the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and national championship. / (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has been a longtime fixture of March Madness. Izzo's led his teams to plenty of success in the men's NCAA Tournament, including several memorable tourney runs.

With Izzo's squad still alive, many are curious about the esteemed coach's history in March Madness. Here's everything you need to know about Tom Izzo's all-time record and appearances in the men's NCAA Tournament.

Tom Izzo All-Time NCAA Tournament Record

Tom Izzo owns an impressive 54-23 record in the men's NCAA Tournament during his coaching career. He ranks No. 7 all-time for wins, trailing Bill Self (55) but ahead of Jim Calhoun (49). All of Izzo's March Madness wins have come at just one school -- Michigan State -- as well.

How Many Times Has Tom Izzo Been to the Sweet 16?

The 2023 NCAA Tournament will mark Izzo's 15th appearance in the Sweet 16 round. He first led the Spartans there in 1998 during his third season at the helm. Izzo has won 10 times in the Sweet 16, the most recent being in 2019 over No. 12 seed LSU.

How Many Times Has Tom Izzo Been to the Elite 8?

Tom Izzo has made the Elite 8 round 10 times in his career. He currently boasts eight wins in this stage of the tourney. His most Elite 8 victory came in 2019, as Michigan State defeated No. 1 seed Duke 68-67.

How Many Final Fours Has Tom Izzo Made?

Tom Izzo has been to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament eight times in his career. He first appeared with the Spartans in this round in 1999, but the team saw its tourney run cut short then by Duke. Izzo's helped his team win twice in the Final Four, the most recent of which was in 2009.

How Many National Championships Does Tom Izzo Have?

Tom Izzo has won the national championship once in his career so far. He and Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000 after defeating 13-seed Florida in the final game of March Madness. That was just the Spartans' second national championship ever, joining the 1979 squad as the only teams in school history to ever win the tourney.

Izzo's made two national championship appearances all-time. After winning in 2000, he helped Michigan State make the final game again in 2009. This time went differently, however, as the Spartans fell to No. 3 seed North Carolina. That remains Izzo's most recent national championship appearance.

Tom Izzo NCAA Tournament Results by Year

Tom Izzo has made the NCAA Tournament 25 times, all of which have been in a row. His record streak began in 1998 at Michigan State and continues on in 2023. Check out his full year-by-year March Madness results below:




Sweet 16


Final Four




Final Four


Round of 64


Elite Eight


Round of 64


Final Four


Round of 64


Round of 32


Sweet 16




Final Four


Round of 64


Sweet 16


Sweet 16


Elite Eight


Final Four


Round of 64


Round of 32


Round of 32


Final Four


N/A (Tourney Canceled - COVID)


First Four


Round of 32



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