Michigan State was 9-0 with a three-game lead in the Big Ten just last week.
And that's the stunning part.
Not that the Spartans are tied with Illinois atop the Big Ten standings -- and also tied in the loss column with Purdue and Ohio State -- but that Tom Izzo's team was 9-0 and in total control of the league race just eight days ago. Then Michigan State went to Wisconsin, Kalin Lucas sprained his ankle, and, well, here we are. Now MSU is 9-3 in the Big Ten after Tuesday's 76-64 loss to Purdue, and suddenly the conference championship is more up for grabs than it seemed over the weekend, and it seemed pretty up for grabs over the weekend.
Here are the updated standings:
- Michigan State (9-3)
- Illinois (9-3)
- Purdue (8-3)
- Ohio State (8-3)
- Wisconsin (8-4)
Everything changes week to week.
Consider: Michigan State has lost three straight since winning 10 straight, Purdue has won six straight since losing three straight, Ohio State has won seven of eight since losing three of four, Illinois has won five straight since losing three straight, and Wisconsin is coming off a rare home loss. Nothing makes sense. What we knew yesterday is now irrelevant, what will happen tomorrow is anybody's guess.
Why do I say that?
Because nobody would've ever guessed this.
Not considering where we were just a week ago.