Michigan State Tops Both Top 25 Polls

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Six days after defeating then-No. 1 Kentucky at the United Center in Chicago, Michigan State emerged as the nation's top-ranked team in both the Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches top 25 polls.

Since the 2004-05 season, five Big Ten teams (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State) have held the top spot in one of the two polls. Notably, three Big Ten teams have been ranked No. 1 in the past nine and a half months: Indiana occupied the top spot in either the AP or coaches' poll for 10 weeks last season, most recently on Feb. 25, 2013. Michigan was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll on Jan. 28, 2013, and Michigan State is now holding the top spot for the first time since Jan. 2, 2001.

Along with Michigan State's ascent to the top of both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls, the Big Ten had five other teams ranked among the top 25. In the AP poll, Ohio State was ranked No. 8, followed by No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 14 Michigan. Iowa and Indiana were ranked No. 26 and No. 27, respectively, as the top two vote getters outside of the top 25.

In the coaches' ballot, Ohio State checked in at No. 8, followed by No. 13 Michigan, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 22 Indiana and No. 25 Iowa.



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