Spartans take over No. 1 spot

Michigan State sits atop Associated Press poll and coaches' poll after defeating Kentucky.

Michigan State is back on top of the men's basketball world for the first time in 13 years.

With the newest Associated Press poll, the Spartans check in ranked as the No. 1 team, moving up one spot.

"I think it's a privilege," coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "If we handle it well, we'll see how long we can hang on. And if we don't, we'll learn something from that. We don't get a banner or a ring for this, but it's good for our program. It's also good for the guys on this team to add to their collection of accomplishments."

MSU defeated top-ranked Kentucky last week in Chicago 78-74.

The last time the Spartans held the No. 1 spot was Jan. 8, 2001 and are ranked as the nation's top team for just the fifth time in school history.

Kansas checked in at No. 2, while Louisville, Kentucky and Arizona round out the Top 5.

Michigan State also was voted the No. 1 team in the coaches' poll Monday.

The Spartans host Portland at 7 p.m. Monday at Breslin Center and look to move to 4-0.


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