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.