Michigan State Spartans Rise to No. 1 Imminent?

The Kentucky Wildcats lost by double digits to UCLA recently. That should send KU tumbling – who will supplant them on top?

By: Shane Lambert

The UCLA Bruins, in a game that was played on Thursday night, up-ended the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in college basketball. In a game that ended 87-77, the loss will certainly discredit the top-ranked Wildcats when the polls are updated on Monday. After all, the Bruins, even with the victory, are still just a 5-3 team on the season with a loss to Monmouth.

Gary Parrish, a College Basketball Insider at CBSsports.com, is an analyst that I have grown to trust over the years. His No. 1 is now the Michigan State Spartans, a team under the guidance of Tom Izzo.

According to Parrish’s late Thursday night article:

“Final score: UCLA 87, Kentucky 77. So UK can’t be No. 1 anymore.

The new No. 1?

That’s Michigan State.” (CBSSports.com)

Izzo is a coach that has done a lot of damage in college basketball in the past. With surprise Final Four runs in his resume and a championship, the Spartans could be a very under-rated team. If they do go No. 1 on Monday, then their betting odds promise to shorten as soon as the news spreads.

Currently, Michigan State are 8-0 and available at 20 to 1 with William Hill. According to my notes, they had those exact same odds back in late October with the same firm. Their 8-0 start hasn’t caused them to budge yet, but if Parrish is right (and he’s been right before) then now is the time for college basketball punters to act.


1 point each way on Michigan State to win the NCAAB championship at 20 to 1