MSU remains at No. 5 in AP poll

The top five of the Associated Press poll remains dominated by the Big Ten.

Michigan State remained at No. 5 in this week’s poll and is one of three Big Ten teams that maintained their positions in the latest rankings. 

Ohio State, MSU’s opponent on Tuesday night (9 p.m., ESPN), remained at No. 3 and Wisconsin stayed at No. 4. Arizona was the top-ranked team in the country for a fifth straight week and was followed by Syracuse.

The Big Ten has a total of five teams in this week’s top 25 with Iowa at No. 20 and Illinois entering the poll at No. 23. Michigan is among the teams outside the top 25 receiving votes.

Tuesday’s MSU-Ohio State contest will mark the Spartans’ Big Ten home opener and will be the second between top five teams at Breslin Center in as many seasons. Last February, then No. 4 MSU suffered a 72-68 loss to top-ranked Indiana at home.

Ohio State moved to 15-0 with a home victory over Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans improved to 13-1 with their road win at Indiana on Saturday.

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3 Responses to MSU remains at No. 5 in AP poll

  1. avatar dmbtierney says:

    It should be noted that Ohio State has played 12 of their 15 games in the friendly confines of Value City Dept. Store Arena. Even Syracuse doesn’t play this many at home! The only reason they played at Purdue is because the B10 said they had to, otherwise, they probably would have tried to host that game too. MSU has played seven home games in comparison.

    What I am trying to say is that it is a long season and every thing tends to even out as the season progresses. Teams like Ohio St. (and to some extent, Wisconsin) find the going gets tougher when they regularly have to play on the road. This is where the advantage goes to MSU who has not lost any of the seven games they have played away from the Breslin Center. Again, kudos to Coach Izzo for ultimately prepping his team for a late March run.

    • avatar Stevel says:

      Talk about schedules, the cheese weasels play MSU once – at Madison and OSU once – at Madison. Who comes up with these schedules? Is there a certain amount of games a team is allowed to play on home court, non- conference? Seems like some of these teams are playing an awful lot of games on their home courts.

      • avatar Brian Calloway says:

        Stevel – The schedules once the Big Ten season starts is solely dictated by the conference with television networks having an impact on the game times. The nonconference portion is totally up to the coaches. Izzo prefers to challenge his team, which pays dividends usually. As was pointed out, Ohio State hasn’t been tested on the road really and their game on a neutral court against Notre Dame showed that

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