AP Top 25 Poll: The writers pick Michigan State at No. 1

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Michigan State is the nation’s new No. 1 team, according to the college basketball media, and it’s tough to blame them for making that pick.

They’re 9-0 on the season. They beat Kansas. They beat Providence. They beat Louisville.

I get it.

[RANKINGS: Coaches Poll | NBCSports Top 25]

But I explain here why that’s the wrong pick for No. 1 this week.

Anyway, here is the rest of the rest of the poll:

1. Michigan State (62 first-place votes)
2. Kansas (1)
3. North Carolina (2)
4. Iowa State
5. Kentucky
6. Maryland
7. Oklahoma
8. Duke
9. Villanova
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Arizona
14. West Virginia
15. Providence
16. Baylor
17. Miami
18. Butler
19. SMU
20. Gonzaga
21. Vanderbilt
22. Louisville
23. Cincinnati
24. Oregon
25. Utah

DROPPED OUT: Syracuse, Texas A&M
NEW ADDITIONS: Butler, Utah