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MSU men's hoops drops out of AP Top 25

January 11, 2021
Junior forward Marcus Bingham Jr. celebrates a block during the Spartans' 55-54 loss to Purdue on Jan. 8, 2021.
Junior forward Marcus Bingham Jr. celebrates a block during the Spartans' 55-54 loss to Purdue on Jan. 8, 2021. —
Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez | The State News

The entire narrative of the Michigan State men's basketball team has changed since the university shifted into winter break.

The green and white are no longer undefeated, slipping 8-4 overall and 2-4 in conference to the astonishment of both fans and Head Coach Tom Izzo after blowing a 17-point lead against Purdue on Friday.

This is only the third week since the start of the 2017-18 season that the team is not featured in the AP polls.

The top six teams have not moved since last week and remain with No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 2 Baylor, No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Iowa and No. 6 Kansas.

Here is where the teams stand in Week 8:

1: Gonzaga (12-0)

2: Baylor (11-0)

3: Villanova (8-1)

4: Texas (10-1)

5: Iowa (11-2)

6: Kansas (10-2)

7: Michigan (10-0)

8: Creighton (10-2)

9: Wisconsin (10-2)

10: Tennessee (9-1)

11: Houston (10-1)

12: Clemson (9-1)

13: West Virginia (9-4)

14: Illinois (9-4)

15: Texas Tech (10-3)

16: Louisville (8-1)

17: Missouri (7-2)

18: Virginia (7-2)

19: Duke (5-2)

20: Virginia Tech (9-2)

21: Ohio State (9-3)

22: Oregon (9-2)

23: Minnesota (10-4)

24: St. Louis (7-1)

25: Connecticut (6-1)

The Spartans will travel to Iowa to take on the No. 5 Hawkeyes (11-2) in their seventh Big Ten game of the season at 9 p.m. on Jan. 14.

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