Men's basketball moves up one spot in newest AP poll
Despite winning eight straight games, including two against ranked opponents, and then-No. 1 Duke losing to unranked Boston College last week, third-ranked MSU didn't take over the top spot in the newest AP poll.
Instead, Villanova leap-frogged the Spartans and moved from No. 4 to No. 1 in the nation, while MSU moved up one spot to No. 2 in the nation.
The Wildcats received 22 more first place votes than the Spartans, and are undefeated on the season (10-0) with wins over No. 12 Gonzaga and now No. 20 ranked Tennessee. MSU currently has one loss on its resume to the now No. 4 ranked Duke Blue Devils.
MSU has no noteworthy games the rest of December, so unless Villanova falters in the coming weeks, it will be hard for the Spartans to take over the top spot.