Michigan State takes top spot from Kentucky in AP, Coaches' polls

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Thanks to a win over Kentucky last Tuesday in the Champions Classic, Michigan State is now the No. 1-ranked team in college hoops. In both polls.

The AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls were released Monday afternoon. MSU took in 51 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and 22 of 32 in the Coaches' poll. This is the third time MSU has earned top billing in the rankings under Tom Izzo.

"We don't get a banner or a ring for this, but it's good for our program. It's also good for the guys on this team to add to their collection of accomplishments," Izzo told the AP. "We've been in the top five a lot, but we haven't won a big game early quite like we did last week. We've earned this, but I know Kansas or Louisville could be No. 1 right now. Duke and Kentucky are really good, too."

The last time MSU was No. 1 under Izzo came in 2001. The Spartans play Monday night at home against Portland. They squeezed out a home win Friday night against Columbia, 62-53. Kansas made a hope from No. 5 to No. 2 in wake of its win over Duke last Tuesday. The Blue Devils fell to No. 6.

And be sure to check our Top 25 (and one) every day this season. Check it now, as we also have MSU No. 1, but there are differences elsewhere.

AP Poll

  1. Michigan State (51)
  2. Kansas (7)
  3. Louisville (7)
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arizona
  6. Duke
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Ohio State
  9. Syracuse
  10. VCU
  11. Memphis
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Gonzaga
  14. Wichita State
  15. Michigan
  16. Florida
  17. Oregon
  18. Connecticut
  19. New Mexico
  20. Baylor
  21. Iowa State
  22. UCLA
  23. Creighton
  24. North Carolina
  25. Marquette

Jumped in: Iowa State, Creighton
Dropped out: Notre Dame (21), Virginia (25)

 
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