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.