SI ranks the Spartans third in the country and the Wolverines seventh. The teams face off Jan. 25 and Feb. 23.
It was the earliest meeting of 1 vs. 2, and the first since 2008, and the matchup did not disappoint …
With a win, Michigan State (8-1, 5-0) would clinch at least a share of the division championship.
Every year, Tom Izzo subjects his Michigan State team to a non-conference schedule only a masochist could love.
When top-ranked Kentucky and Michigan State meet Tuesday night in Chicago it will be the 39th time the top two teams in The Associated Press poll have met and the first since No. 2 Tennessee beat Memphis 66-62 on Feb. 24, 2008.
Nebraska has given itself a shot to get back to the Big Ten championship game with two straight wins on late touchdown passes.
Northern Kentucky had no illusions about pulling off the impossible against No. 1 Kentucky on Sunday.
“They tried to move me to safety when I came up here and I told them, ‘There isn’t enough contact back here. I don’t like covering. I want to hit somebody.’”
McNeese State played No. 2 Michigan State tough enough for 5-plus minutes – and actually had the lead.
Michigan State’s top-ranked defense has built its reputation on certain characteristics this season.