The Michigan State Spartans are currently 3-0, but it’s not exactly the start that head coach Tom Izzo had hoped for.
After a majestic win over the No. 1-ranked Kentucky Wildcats earlier in the week, the Spartans retreated home to face the Columbia Lions. The Spartans are nearly unbeatable in the Breslin Center considering Michigan State hasn’t lost a game at home in the month of November since Izzo began with the program. With that being said, the Lions gave the East Lansing faithful an absolute scare on Friday night.
Many were expecting the Spartans to blow out Columbia as the Lions haven’t defeated a ranked team since 1976 — Earvin Magic Johnson wasn’t even with the Spartans at that time. However, this game went down to the wire as Columbia trailed by just one point with less than two minutes left. Michigan State wind up winning the game by a final score of 62-53, but it was hardly impressive.
The top-25 rankings in college basketball are all about flashy wins, and the Spartans don’t deserve the No. 1 label after nearly dropping a game to the lowly Lions. Instead, the Kansas Jayhawks should take over as the top team in the nation as they are 2-0 and one of their wins came against a highly-competitive Duke Blue Devils team.