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Michigan State jumps to No. 12 in latest AP Poll

November 21, 2022
<p>Sophomore guard Jaden Akins (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Villanova at the Breslin Center on Nov. 18, 2022. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats 73-71. </p>

Sophomore guard Jaden Akins (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Villanova at the Breslin Center on Nov. 18, 2022. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats 73-71.

Photo by Sonya Barlow | The State News

After squeezing past Kentucky in the Champions Classic on Tuesday, 86-77, followed by a narrow two-point victory over Villanova on Friday night, Michigan State men’s hoops has entered the AP Poll at No. 12.

MSU sits behind Big Ten opponent Indiana which claims No. 11 in this week’s ranking. Other conference team’s making an appearance this week include Illinois at No. 16, Maryland at No. 23, Purdue at No. 24 and Iowa just making the cut at No. 25. 

Kentucky has moved down significantly from No. 4  to No. 15, following losses to MSU and No. 6 Gonzaga in the past week. Villanova is no longer ranked.

North Carolina remains at No. 1 for the third consecutive week. Alabama appears slightly behind MSU at No. 18. MSU will face the Crimson Tide Thursday at 10:30 p.m. in the first game of the Phil Knight Invitational.

MSU is also ranked at No. 16 in the most recent Student Media Poll as well.

Below is the rest of this week’s Top 25

  1. North Carolina

  2. Houston

  3. Kansas

  4. Texas

  5. Virginia

  6. Gonzaga

  7. Baylor

  8. Duke

  9. Arkansas

  10. Creighton

  11. Indiana

  12. Michigan State

  13. Auburn 

  14. Arizona

  15. Kentucky

  16. Illinois

  17. San Diego State

  18. Alabama

  19. UCLA

  20. UConn

  21. Texas Tech

  22. Tennessee

  23. Maryland

  24. Purdue

  25. Iowa

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