Michigan State Moves to No. 1

In Associated Press Poll

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State’s men’s basketball team moved into the No. 1 spot in the latest Top 25 poll released by the Associated Press on Monday.


The Spartans, winners of 13-straight games, improved to 14-1 overall with a 108-52 win over Savannah State on Sunday at the Breslin Center.  It was the fourth-straight game that MSU had scored at least 100 points, the first time in program history the team has done so.


Michigan State received 43 out of a possible 65 first-place votes (1,600 points), with Duke receiving 21 first-place votes and Villanova one.    


This is the first time Michigan State has been ranked No. 1 in the national polls since the 2015-16 regular season, when the Spartans held the top spot for four weeks.  


This is just the fifth time in school history, the fourth time under Head Coach Tom Izzo and the 13th week overall that MSU has held the top spot in the AP Top 25. The Spartans were No. 1 for two weeks during the National Championship season of 1978-79, holding the top spot on Jan. 3 and Jan. 9. In 2000-01, MSU reached the top spot on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. MSU held the No. 1 spot for three weeks in 2013-14 (Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2), posting a 4-1 record. The Spartans have an all-time record of 14-5 at No. 1.