- AP: #9 (down from #6)
- Coaches: #9 (down from #5)
- Blogpoll: #9 (down from #6)
- Sagarin: #7 (steady from last week)
- Kenpom: #12 (down from #9)
- RPI: #5 (up from #6)
- Bracketology: #3 seed (down from #2 seed)
- Crashing the Dance: #2 seed (steady from last week)
Perhaps the buzz of yesterday’s thrilling victory biased my vote in the blogpoll this week, as I was the runner up for the Coulter/Kos Award. I had MSU at #7, as compared to the pollwide average of 9.86. I think you can defend my ranking based on (1) the number of quality wins MSU has against top-50 competition and (2) how good they’ve been when their full starting lineup has been healthy. On the other hand, their losses have been of the ugly variety.
Louisville and Missouri are the two other teams the consensus Blogpoll results have ahead of us. It’s worth noting that Louisville lost by 14 to Western Kentucky and by a whopping 33 to Notre Dame. Missouri doesn’t have any particularly ugly losses, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games. So, if I were given a revised ballot, I suppose I’d move them ahead of us.
There, that’s much more gracious than Anne Coulter would be in the same situation, right?
Bottom line: A #2 seed remains ours for the taking. If we lose no more than one game before the BTT final, that should be enough.
P.S. The date and time for the showdown game against Purdue have been set. As expected, it’ll be the Sunday CBS game (March 8, noon).
You’ll have to find a way to back out of Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house.