Though there was no real doubting it, what had been assumed since last Tuesday night was made official Monday morning, as Michigan State became college basketball's new No. 1.
The Spartans scored a huge win over then-No. 1 Kentucky in last week's Champions Classic at the United Center, effectively crowning them college basketball's new top dog right there on the court at the Madhouse on Madison. It's the first time Michigan State has ranked No. 1 in the AP poll since 2001, a somewhat shocking fact for an annual college hoops powerhouse.
The Spartans are still only 3-0 on the young season and nearly had a massive letdown three nights after their huge win when struggling to beat Columbia in East Lansing. But Tom Izzo's crew did manage to win, meaning it will get to play at least one week as the country's official No. 1 team.
The other three Big Ten teams that ranked in the top 25 in the previous AP poll stayed there though saw their rankings shuffle a bit. Michigan, ranked No. 7 last week, was upset in Ames, Iowa, by the Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday, lowering the Wolverines to No. 14. Meanwhile, Ohio State rose from No. 10 to No. 8, thanks much to a win over fellow ranked opponent Marquette on Saturday afternoon. And Wisconsin, ranked No. 20 last week, vaulted up to the No. 12 ranking.
A pair of Big Ten teams are on the verge of cracking the AP top 25, with Iowa and Indiana the first teams listed in the "receiving votes" category. Also further down in that category is Minnesota.