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Did Spartans fall too far in this week’s polls?; Bell impresses at combine

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.

Were those drops too much? (complete polls here – AP, coaches)

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.

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9 Responses to Did Spartans fall too far in this week’s polls?; Bell impresses at combine

  1. avatar 4EVRMSU says:

    Brian, quick edit! You called us “Michigan” in your first sentence! Oops.

  2. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Hey Brian, I think you meant Michigan State in your first sentence…….

  3. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Plenty of time to get it back lets run the table starting next Sunday

    Go Green

  4. avatar MSU Owns Beilien says:

    MSU wins at scUM, everything will sort itself out. As MSU fans we don’t worry about the polls as much as scUM fans do, we care about what happens in March.

    • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

      Rankings be damned. Some resting of weary young minds and bodies is in order, and has been earned.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Thats correct we need to win Sunday thats all there is to it, win and the seedings take care of themselves. Meanwhile tgb our young cub reporter on the other blog has drawn national attention to himself and has earned a spot on Jack Eblings show. Kardashian type fame is on the horizon.

    • avatar bucky bucknut says:

      PMSU will not win at UM. What happened yesterday someones shoulder pop out, or was it the flu?

  5. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    No independent confirmation of this so far , just a statement by a poster named Ben we want to be sure that Grahams gone national before we state it has happened , any of you guys if you can confirm or deny Bens statement would be helpfull
    Ben says:
    February 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm
    Wow…Mark May of ESPN.

    Reply
    Spartan 81 says:
    February 25, 2013 at 9:24 pm
    Ben is this confirmed that Graham was mentioned by Mark May of ESPN over this thread?? I dont want to report inaccurate information .

    Reply

  6. avatar dmbtierney says:

    The fact that we are still in the Top 10 in both polls shows the respect the program has garnered over the years and this season. Sagarin rates us as the #2 schedule in the nation, we’re #9 in the RPI. We have no “Bad” losses which is actually a seeding criteria at selection time. We have played 10 games against teams ranked at one time or another in the Top 10 and have won half of them.

    All and all, this is a good resume, and barring a total collapse at the end of the season, should have us playing in the Palace as either a #2 or #3 seed.

    So to the Debbie Downers, quit moaning and enjoy the season! Most teams, including UM, are jealous of our success over the last 15 years. There is no reason it won’t continue. I fully expect a Final Four trip this year or next.

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