New polls released: Michigan State sets school record

Branden Dawson and Tom Izzo have the Spartans atop both polls yet again. (USATSI)
Branden Dawson and Tom Izzo have the Spartans atop both polls yet again. (USATSI)

The Spartans are the No. 1 team in America for the third straight week, and that's a school record. Yeah, really! Surprising at it seems, Michigan State has never gone more than three weeks atop the Associated Press' Top 25. Here they are.

MSU gets unranked North Carolina (which dropped out of the polls on Monday, following a loss at UAB on Sunday) on Wednesday.

Arizona, which knocked off Duke on Friday in the NIT finals at Madison Square Garden, is now the No. 2 team in the country. Duke has fallen to No. 10 in the AP. Syracuse made huge moves in the top 10, vaulting from No. 8 to No. 4. The Orange have a good home test on Tuesday, hosting Indiana.

This is the interesting note on Duke. I didn't realize this until today. Incredible streak dating back to 2007.

New to this week's poll: Villanova, San Diego State and Dayton in the AP. The Coaches welcomes Villanova and UMass. The greatest disparity between teams ranked in both polls: Villanova, which is five spots higher in the AP.

Remember, be sure to check our Top 25 (and one) every day this season. Check it now.

AP Poll

  1. Michigan State (63)
  2. Arizona (2)
  3. Kentucky
  4. Syracuse
  5. Ohio State
  6. Kansas
  7. Louisville
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Duke
  11. Wichita State
  12. Connecticut
  13. Oregon
  14. Villanova
  15. Florida
  16. Memphis
  17. Iowa State
  18. UCLA
  19. Gonzaga
  20. Baylor
  21. UMass
  22. Michigan
  23. Iowa
  24. San Diego State
  25. Dayton

Jumped in: Villanova, San Diego State, Dayton
Dropped out: North Carolina (16), Creighton (20), Marquette (25)

Coaches Poll

  1. Michigan State (31)
  2. Arizona(1)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Kentucky
  5. Syracuse
  6. Louisville
  7. Kansas
  8. Duke
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Wichita State
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Florida
  13. Oregon
  14. Connecticut
  15. Gonzaga
  16. Memphis
  17. UCLA
  18. Iowa State
  19. Villanova
  20. Baylor
  21. Michigan
  22. UMass
  23. Indiana
  24. Iowa
  25. North Carolina

Jumped in: Villanova, UMass
Dropped out: Creighton (18), VCU (24)

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Matt Norlander has been with CBS Sports since 2010, primarily covering college basketball but also writes about the NBA Draft, the Olympics and the World Cup. He lives in Connecticut and loves to play... Full Bio

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