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Michigan State vaults to No. 8 in AP college basketball rankings; Michigan slips out

Detroit News staff and wires

A pair of victories have vaulted Michigan State into the top 10, while a close shave likely has dropped Michigan out of the rankings for now.

Michigan State (2-0) moved up five spots to No. 8 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll, released Monday, while Michigan (2-0) dropped from No. 25 to just outside of the national poll following Sunday's overtime victory over Oakland.

Aaron Henry (0) and Michigan State are ranked No. 8 in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Spartans rolled past Notre Dame on Saturday night, 80-70, after opening the season with a victory over Eastern Michigan. They are one of four teams from the Big Ten in the top 10, following Iowa (3), Wisconsin (4) and Illinois (5).

Gonzaga and Baylor remain the top two teams in first college basketball poll of the regular season.

The Zags received 57 first-place votes from a 63-person media panel in the poll released Monday.

The Bears received six first-place votes, with Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois rounding out the top five.

Gonzaga (2-0) was the preseason No. 1 and lived up to the billing by rolling over Kansas and Auburn in Fort Meyers, Florida.

The Jayhawks dropped a spot to No. 7 this week but were ranked for the 222nd consecutive week, breaking UCLA’s all-time record set from 1966-80.

Villanova dropped nine spots to No. 12 after losing to Virginia Tech in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Hokies moved into the poll at No. 16.

No. 15 Virginia fell 11 spots this week after losing to San Francisco.

Richmond entered the rankings at No. 19.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Gonzaga (57 first-place votes), 2-0, 1569 points (last week: 1)

2. Baylor (6), 2-0, 1513 (2)

3. Iowa, 2-0, 1410 (5)

4. Wisconsin, 2-0, 1287 (7)

5. Illinois, 3-0, 1281 (8)

6. Duke, 1-0, 1185 (9)

7. Kansas, 1-1, 1169 (6)

8. Michigan State, 2-0, 1028 (13)

9. Creighton, 1-0, 981 (11)

10. Houston, 3-0, 949 (17)

11. West Virginia, 3-0, 943 (15)

12. Villanova, 2-1, 939 (3)

13. Tennessee, 0-0, 878 (12)

14. North Carolina, 1-0, 591 (16)

15. Virginia, 1-1, 581 (4)

16. Virginia Tech, 3-0, 570 (NR)

17. Texas, 1-0, 478 (19)

17. Texas Tech, 2-1, 478 (14)

19. Richmond, 2-0, 382 (NR)

20. Kentucky, 1-1, 363 (10)

21. Oregon, 0-0, 338 (20)

22. Florida State, 0-0, 304 (21)

23. Ohio State, 2-0, 282 (23)

24. Rutgers, 3-0, 252 (24)

25. Arizona State, 2-1, 233 (18)

Others receiving votes: Michigan 90, San Diego State 86, Saint Louis 69, Louisville 55, Alabama 52, Florida 45, Indiana 38, UCLA 14, Maryland 9, Providence 7, Stanford 7, UConn 6, Clemson 4, LSU 3, Arkansas 2, Loyola of Chicago 1, TCU 1, Colorado 1, BYU 1.