MSU men's basketball vaults to season's best No. 14 ranking

The Bulldogs climbed to a season-high No. 14 national ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls released Monday.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 5:02 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 11:15 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - The Mississippi State men’s basketball team climbed to a season-high No. 14 national ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls released Monday.

The No. 14 ranking is the highest for the Bulldogs since being ranked No. 11 on Jan. 11, 2005 in the AP Top 25, and the program’s best going back to Dec. 26, 2011 when MSU also checked in at No. 14 among the USA/Today Coaches Top 25.

Mississippi State enters SEC action on the heels of a league-leading nine-game winning streak. The Bulldogs are one of three SEC teams and one of 10 teams nationally to be ranked inside the AP’s Top 25 in both men’s and women’s basketball.

Mississippi State is one of four SEC teams ranked in this week’s edition of the polls which include Tennessee (3 AP, 3 USA Today), Auburn (11 AP, 10 USA Today) and Kentucky (18 AP, 18 USA Today).

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Mississippi State begins its 18-game SEC slate at South Carolina on Tuesday, January 8. The Gamecocks along with Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and Ole Miss are the five teams that MSU will face twice in SEC action. Tip time is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT from Colonial Life Arena. The game will be televised by ESPNU and available online through the WatchESPN app.

Visit www.HailState.com for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets by searching ‘HailStateMBK’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

AP Top 25 Poll – Week 10 – January 7, 2019

Ranking, Team (First Place Votes), Record, Points

1, Duke (37), 12-1, 1,535

2, Michigan (9), 15-0, 1,499

3, Tennessee (13), 12-1, 1,481

4, Virginia (5), 13-0, 1,471

5, Gonzaga, 14-2, 1,319

6, Michigan State, 13-2, 1,291

7, Kansas, 12-2, 1,159

8, Texas Tech, 13-1, 1,109

9, Virginia Tech, 13-1, 1,093

10, Nevada, 14-1, 920

11, Auburn, 11-2, 919

12, North Carolina, 11-3, 889

13, Florida State, 12-2, 879

14, Mississippi State, 12-1, 683

15, North Carolina State, 13-1, 674

16, Ohio State, 12-2, 620

17, Houston, 15-0, 565

18, Kentucky, 10-3, 520

19, Buffalo, 13-1, 434

20, Iowa State, 12-2, 344

21, Marquette, 12-3, 340

22, Indiana, 12-3, 245

23, Oklahoma, 12-2, 243

24, St. John’s, 14-1, 221

25, TCU, 12-1, 99

Others receiving votes: Villanova 56, Wisconsin 45, Iowa 40, Minnesota 23, Purdue 20, Nebraska 15, Maryland 14, Seton Hall 14, Alabama 7, UCF 6, Louisville 3, Texas 2, Arizona State 1, Florida 1, North Texas 1

Dropped from rankings: No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 24 Nebraska, No. 25 Iowa

USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll – Week 10 – January 7, 2019

Ranking, Team (First Place Votes), Record, Points

1, Virginia (11), 13-0, 741

2, Duke (8), 12-1, 735

3, Tennessee (6), 12-1, 721

4, Michigan (6), 15-0, 714

5, Michigan State, 13-2, 621

6, Gonzaga, 14-2, 618

7, Virginia Tech, 13-1, 559

8, Texas Tech, 13-1, 527

9, Kansas, 12-2, 517

10, Auburn, 11-2, 453

11, Nevada, 14-1, 428

12, North Carolina, 11-3, 405

13, Florida State, 12-2, 393

14, Mississippi State, 12-1, 363

15, Houston, 15-0, 337

16, North Carolina State, 13-1, 325

17, Ohio State, 12-2, 295

18, Kentucky, 10-3, 225

19, Marquette, 12-3, 190

20, Buffalo, 13-1, 157

21, Iowa State, 12-2, 145

22, Oklahoma, 12-2, 128

23, St. John’s, 14-1, 96

24, Indiana, 12-3, 94

25, Iowa, 12-3, 68

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 49, Villanova 45, TCU 44, Nebraska 20, UCF 14, Arizona State 13, Seton Hall 11, North Texas 9, Minnesota 7, Furman 5, Texas 2, Kansas State 1.

Dropped from rankings: No. 23 Wisconsin, No. 23 Nebraska

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