MSU stays steady in AP poll, moves up in coaches

In a week that featured a narrow road win over Wisconsin and a road loss to Indiana, the Michigan State men’s basketball team didn’t lose any ground in this week’s polls.

The Spartans (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) moved to ninth from 11th in this week’s coaches poll and remained at 13th in the Associated Press poll.


“We were not a great 17-3 team, we were a good 17-3 team. But I thought some consistency was missing, some getting more than one or two guys to play well at the same time was missing,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said of his team. “And I told my guys after the (Indiana) game (on Sunday) that we were a better 17-4 team than we were a 17-3 team. That isn’t because moral victories or any of that BS, it’s because we did get more guys playing well. We did do some things we wanted to do.”

Izzo said during his weekly press conference that this team has a chance to get even better but cautions that could mean more than a couple losses because he believes the Big Ten is very good. He saw positive signs in Sunday’s loss to Indiana.

“That was a pretty good basketball game to watch. It was a pretty good basketball game as far as two teams competing,” Izzo said. “I liked our competitive attitude, I like the fact that we’re starting to make some more 3s, I like the fact that our inside-outside game for once we had a couple inside guys play good and at least one outside guy that played well. If we get the two and two I think we have a chance to get even better but the schedule doesn’t get any easier. We’ll see how we handle a little bit of adversity but I think we’re definitely making some progress. Dawson and Payne have been much better in the last six or seven games.”

Other Big Ten teams in the AP poll include: Michigan (1), Indiana (3), Ohio State (11), Minnesota (23). Wisconsin is receiving votes.

Other Big Ten teams in coaches poll include: Michigan (2), Indiana (3), Ohio State (11), Minnesota (24). Wisconsin is receiving votes.

This morning, Jerry Palm had MSU tabbed as a No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament in his updated bracketology.

***The MSU women’s team fell out of the AP top 25 after losses to Nebraska and Purdue last week. They received four votes this week.


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13 Responses to MSU stays steady in AP poll, moves up in coaches

  1. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The liberal media is mostly made of people who have never been in the arena and are impressed by celebs who show a little skin. Not really a fan of the Coaches poll ( always afraid they pencil whip their ballot or give it to the biggest fan boy manager), but they get it this week while the paparazzi fail miserably. Look at the guys from South Carolina, Florida, who has lost to the only ranked team they have played. are ranked #1 and the spartans #19/20. As I said the basketball IQ of a paparazzi.

  2. avatar dmbtierney says:

    In general, I prefer the coaches’ poll because I sincerely believe they know a little more about basketball than the writers. However, I do also believe that the average writer (that doesn’t follow one particular team) tends to see more teams on TV during the season than the average coach. Edge to the coaches’ poll.

  3. avatar SpartyOn says:

    Sorry, but it’s much ado about nothing. How high did we get in the regular season polls in 08-09? Nobody remembers, but we all remember getting within one game of a national championship. How high were we ranked in 09-10? How much did that end up meaning?

    There are no “#1 in January” banners hanging from any rafters.

  4. avatar dmbtierney says:

    I have another comment/question about yesterday’s uniforms. Loved the color combination–would like to see them at a home game since a lot of home teams now are wearing dark colors. Question: on TV the game pants appeared to be black, but in all photos on line they are defintely green–how come? Is this the same reason purple appears blue on some live telecasts? Just a question for the techies out there.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      of course scUM is # 1 in ap poll, they have been media darlings for 100 years, coaches definitely got it right

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        It’s the forgiving nature of college basketball KU starts out 0-1 and now are NUMBER 1. Now that said, who really cares who’s number 1 in Jan? It’s why the way college basketball is run is so much better than silly football.

    • avatar msu76 says:

      Agree, those unis yesterday were great. Would it be blasphemous to say I liked them better than the football uniforms?

  5. avatar handspring says:

    Liked the uniforms, hated the shoes and socks…reminded me of the flesh colored skates women wear in competition.

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