Tom Izzo and the Michigan State men’s basketball team will start the season ranked 14th in the USA Today coaches poll.
The poll was released this afternoon and features five Big Ten teams in the top 25, including the preseason No. 1 Indiana. The Hoosiers received 21 first-place votes in the poll.
Ohio State and Michigan, who the Spartans shared the regular-season Big Ten title with last season, are ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the poll. Wisconsin is ranked No. 21. Minnesota received votes in the poll.
The Spartans are coming off a 29-8 season last season. They concluded last year ranked No. 7 in the coaches poll. MSU’s season ended with a loss to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
Speaking of Louisville, they are ranked second and Kentucky is ranked third in the preseason poll with the Buckeyes and Wolverines following.Louisville and Kentucky each received five first-place votes. Rounding out the top 10 are NC State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida.
MSU opens its season against UConn on Nov. 9 in Germany. Four days later the Spartans will face Kansas in Germany.
And in other basketball news, top recruit Jabari Parker will likely make a verbal commitment but won’t sign until the spring.