So, I didn't realize that they were still putting out an AP poll this week, but MSU checks in at #23:
AP Top 25
|1||Kentucky Wildcats (65)||34-0||1,625|
|4||Duke Blue Devils||29-4||1,406|
|8||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||29-5||1,178|
|9||Iowa State Cyclones||25-8||1,043|
|11||Northern Iowa Panthers||30-3||979|
|14||Wichita State Shockers||28-4||737|
|15||North Carolina Tar Heels||24-11||703|
|20||West Virginia Mountaineers||23-9||398|
|23||Michigan State Spartans||23-11||159|
|25||Virginia Commonwealth Rams||26-9||109|
Others receiving votes: Oregon 91, Providence 62, Xavier 18, Davidson 16, Ohio State 12, Stephen F. Austin 12, Wyoming 6, Boise State 5, LSU 5, BYU 3, Valparaiso 3, Wofford 2, Harvard 2, Murray St 2, Dayton 1, Iowa 1, Purdue 1, Colorado St 1
After wins against Ohio State and Maryland (and, I'm guessing some additional respect for the OT loss to Wisconsin) it's nice to see MSU back in the Top-25. It doesn't mean much at this juncture, but in a season filled with heartbreak, I'll take it.
This is a little frustrating in that you'd expect a team ranked at #23 to be a six-seed in the tournament, but, oh well. It's also interesting to see four and five seeds like Utah, West Virginia, and Arkansas ranked so closely to MSU. Virginia rates out as the second-highest two-seed, which feels about right. That'll be a bloodbath.
Let us know how you're feeling about tournament chances, etc. in the comments!