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Michigan State stays put at No. 15 in USCHO Poll

January 23, 2023
5th year defenseman Christian Krygier dives to defend the puck during a game against Penn State University at Munn Ice Arena on Jan. 13, 2023. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions with a score of 3-2.
5th year defenseman Christian Krygier dives to defend the puck during a game against Penn State University at Munn Ice Arena on Jan. 13, 2023. The Spartans defeated the Nittany Lions with a score of 3-2. —
Photo by Audrey Richardson | The State News

Michigan State remains at No. 15 in this latest USCHO Poll following an idle week.

The Spartans were last in action Jan. 13-14 in a home series where MSU took four points from Penn State. It pushed Michigan State up two spots from No. 17.

Minnesota, Michigan State’s next opponent, stayed put at No. 2 after an overtime win and an overtime loss at home versus Michigan, who rose one spot to No. 7. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Penn State remained at No. 6 after a split at home with Notre Dame, and Ohio State fell one spot to No. 8 after a split at Wisconsin.

According to playoffstatus.com, Michigan State’s variance in the Big Ten standings increased based on last week’s results. With eight regular season games still to be played, the Spartans are most likely to land the sixth seed (27% probability), though they also control their own destiny for the third seed (18% probability).

MSU also fell one spot to No. 13 in the Pairwise rankings.

Here’s how the rest of the rankings look:

  1. St Cloud
  2. Minnesota
  3. Quinnipiac
  4. Boston University
  5. Denver
  6. Penn State
  7. Michigan
  8. Ohio State
  9. Western Michigan
  10. Harvard
  11. Cornell
  12. Connecticut
  13. Michigan Tech
  14. Minnesota State
  15. Michigan State
  16. Merrimack
  17. Providence
  18. UMass Lowell
  19. RIT
  20. Northeastern

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