NCAA Men's Basketball

No. 1 Michigan State to be tested early

(AP Photo/David Banks)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State's basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the preseason for the first time and is looking forward to validating the votes.

"Now you have to go out and prove why you're ranked No. 1," All-America guard Cassius Winston said.

The Spartans will find out soon if they're that good because Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo has put together one of his toughest schedules - even for him. Izzo regularly tests his teams during the nonconference schedule, hoping it prepares them to win Big Ten championships and contend for national titles.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Michigan State0-0
2 Kentucky0-0
3 Kansas0-0
4 Duke0-0
5 Louisville0-0
6 Florida0-0
7 Maryland0-0
8 Gonzaga0-0
9 North Carolina0-0
10 Villanova0-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke32-6
2 Kansas26-10
3 Virginia35-3
4 North Carolina29-7
5 Houston33-4
6 Michigan State32-7
7 Tennessee31-6
8 Gonzaga33-4
9 Kentucky30-7
10 Buffalo32-4
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