MSU falls out of AP Top 25 after losing at home to No. 9 Maryland and Nebraska

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Mardrekia Cook drives along the elbow in the Spartans’ narrow 93-87 loss to Maryland/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Owen Oszust, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING— After falling at home to No. 9 Maryland 93-87 on Thursday and then losing to Nebraska 68-64 on Sunday, the Michigan State Spartans are now unranked. Last week, MSU was ranked No. 23 in the AP Poll and had a record of 8-0. The Spartans still received 15 votes this week in the poll and will look to get back on track with their next matchup against Illinois.   

The entire rankings can be found below:

1. Stanford

2. Louisville

3. NC State

4. UConn

5. South Carolina

6. Baylor

7. Texas A&M

8. UCLA

9. Maryland

10. Oregon

11. Arizona

12. Kentucky

13. Michigan

14. Mississippi State

15. Ohio State

16. USF

17. Arkansas

18. Indiana

19. DePaul

20. Gonzaga

21. Texas

22. Northwestern

23. Tennessee

24. Syracuse

25. Washington State

The Spartans will go on the road to the State Farm Center on Thursday, as they take on Illinois at 7 p.m. Thursday’s road contest provides a key chance for MSU to snap their two-game skid, as Illinois is winless in Big Ten action and 2-6 overall.

In four of their conference losses, the Fighting Illini have lost by at least 20 points, including a 107-68 loss to Iowa. The Spartans defeated the Hawkeyes 86-82 on Dec. 12.

MSU will also travel to the Chrysler Center to face No. 13 Michigan on Jan. 18 at 12:30 p.m. before returning home to host No. 18 Indiana on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.