MSU drops out of AP Top 25 after losing to Purdue


Aaron Henry dribbles off of a Julius Marble screen in the Spartans’ 55-54 home loss to Purdue/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Sean Mullen, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING— After defeating No. 15 Rutgers and losing to unranked Purdue at the Breslin Center on Jan. 8, Michigan State fell out of the top 25 in this week’s AP poll rankings. The Spartans are now 2-4 in Big Ten conference play which has them coming in at 11th in the Big Ten standings. MSU is also currently 8-4 on the season with losses to Northwestern, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 23 Minnesota, and Purdue. 

The full poll can be found below: (First-place votes are in parentheses)

1. Gonzaga (63)

2. Baylor (1)

3. Villanova

4. Texas

5. Iowa

6. Kansas

7. Michigan

8. Creighton

9. Wisconsin

10. Tennessee

11. Houston

12. Clemson

13. West Virginia

14. Illinois

15. Texas Tech

16. Louisville

17. Missouri

18. Virginia

19. Duke

20. Virginia Tech

21. Ohio State

22. Oregon

23. Minnesota

24. Saint Louis

25. UConn

The Spartans will have one of their most challenging matchups on Thursday as they take on Luka Garza and the No. 5 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (12-2, 5-1) in Iowa City. Following Thursday’s contest, MSU will return home for a battle with the Indiana Hoosiers (9-5, 3-3) on Sunday afternoon.

Tipoff on Thursday night is set for 9:00 p.m.