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Monday, February 04, 2013

Spartan hoops and rankings

First off - ES is really fired up watching the MSU ladies in pink (Breast Cancer Awareness) beating the crap out of Michigan (by 14 points as of 10:00 remaining in the game); As for MSU men's cagers - both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll demonstrate the lack of awareness of both the media and coaches with respect to the Spartans' competition this year.

In the AP Poll, MSU is ranked #12, behind a team they beat (Ohio State #10, and two teams to which they lost, #1 Indiana, #8 Miami). How MSU can be ranked behind Ohio State makes no sense. In the USA Today Poll, the coaches ranked MSU #8, ahead of a team they beat (Ohio State #10) and ahead of a team to which they lost (Miami #11), but behind #1 Indiana, to which they lost. How MSU is ranked ahead of Miami is beyond me.

Bottom line:  polls don't matter much, as Tom Izzo has proven over the years with respect to the Spartan hoops' performance in the national tournament.   But here is the USA Today poll below for grins.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Indiana (25) 20-2766
2Florida (6) 18-2742
3Michigan20-2690
4Duke19-2683
5Kansas19-2654
6Gonzaga21-2614
7Arizona19-2601
8Michigan State18-4518
9Syracuse18-3514
10Ohio State17-4502
11Miami (FL)17-3485
12Louisville18-4470
13Creighton20-3369
14Butler18-4325
15Kansas State17-4314
16New Mexico19-3295
17Cincinnati18-4265
18Minnesota17-5194
19Oregon18-4179
20Missouri16-5143
21Georgetown16-4138
22Wichita State19-483
23Ole Miss17-469
24Oklahoma State15-557
25Pittsburgh18-554
25San Diego State16-554
  • Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 47, Colorado State 38, Marquette 38, Virginia Commonwealth 33, Wisconsin 25, North Carolina State 24, Memphis 19, Saint Mary's 18, Southern Miss 13, UNLV 12, Belmont 7, Louisiana Tech 6, Middle Tennessee 4, Kentucky 4, UCLA 4, Oklahoma 2, Akron 2, Saint Louis 1
  • Dropped from rankings: North Carolina State 19, Marquette 25

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