After a fourth loss in conference play, the Michigan State Spartans are officially out of the AP Top 25 Poll. The one-point loss to Purdue seems to have been the breaking point for the voters. Michigan State received 34 votes in the latest update. This comes after the Spartans also fell out of the Coaches Poll last week.
The Big Ten as a whole is still dominating the polls. The conference currently holds six spots in the AP Top 25, as well as four more teams receiving votes. Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin all hold onto top-10 poll positions.
When extrapolating the impact of this to the Spartans’ March Madness chances, it reduces the margin of error exponentially. Michigan State may have to rely on the Selection Committee recognizing the strength of the Big Ten as a whole in order to make into the NCAA Tournament. A win this week over Iowa seems like a long shot, but if the Spartans can upset the Hawkeyes, that would do wonders for the team’s resume.