The weekly basketball polls are out and Michigan State has dropped five spots in both.
The Spartans moved from No. 4 to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and from No. 5 to No. 10 in the coaches poll, which were both released this afternoon.
MSU (22-6, 11-4) is coming off a week where it suffered a 72-68 loss to top-ranked Indiana at home and fell on the road at a top 20 Ohio State squad, 68-60. The contest with Indiana was one that could’ve went either way, but the Hoosiers prevailed thanks to the heroics by Victor Oladipo in the last minute.
Seth Davis, a college basketball analyst for SI and CBS Sports, tweeted his ballot on Sunday night and had MSU at No. 3 despite the losses. He also factored into his reasoning that they rocked Michigan (Davis had the Wolverines at No. 5).
Regardless of where you stand on the rankings, MSU will be trying to bounce back from its first losing streak of the season when it travels to face Michigan on Sunday in what will be its final regular-season road game. The Wolverines are at No. 4 in both polls, which makes this just the second time MSU and Michigan will meet as top 10 teams.
The first meeting was earlier this month when the then -No. 8 Spartans handed then-No. 4 Michigan a 75-52 loss at Breslin Center.
*** The MSU women’s team received two votes in this week’s AP basketball poll. The Spartans conclude their regular season with three games in seven days, starting with a road game against Ohio State (6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network). MSU travels to face Purdue on Thursday before wrapping up the regular season with a home game against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Sunday.
*** On a football note, former MSU running back Le’Veon Bell impressed at the NFL combine on Sunday. Bell ran a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash and the National Football Post listed him among the standout players on Sunday. Bell’s time was just faster than Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, who ran a 4.66 40.
Among running backs, Bell was third in the three-cone drill, ninth in the 225-pound bench press and 10th in the 20-yard shuttle.