At the start of each week, Land of 10 will break down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Michigan State Spartans’ latest hoops contest …
Overall record: 17-3
Conference record: 5-2 (T-third)
CBSSports.com RPI rank as of Sunday night: 28
KenPom.com rank as of Sunday night: 5
RPI Top 50 record: 2-3
Last 10: 8-2
TeamRankings.com projection: 26-5, 14-4 Big Ten (third place)
The week that was: Jan. 19 — W vs. Indiana, 85-57.
Next up on the docket: at Illinois (10-10, RPI: 169) on Monday; vs. Wisconsin (10-10, RPI: 130) on Friday; at Maryland (15-6, RPI: 48) on Sunday.
The skinny: It was a rough week for Tom Izzo at the microphone, but a better week on the court. Miles Bridges collected 22 points, shooting 9 of 13 from the floor with 4 3-point makes to lead the Spartans to a home rout of the Hoosiers, stopping a skid that had seen Gang Green drop two of its previous three contests. A 3-0 week — and winning at College Park, Md., will be a bear — would be crucial to keeping pace in the standings with Purdue and Ohio State, both of which are on a roll.
Jerry Palm’s prognosis: 4 seed. “Michigan State had a slump where it lost to Ohio State and Michigan [in a week] and didn’t look good in either of those games,” the CBS Sports bracketologist tells Land of 10. “In fact, they didn’t look good in the game they won versus Rutgers. But they don’t have a bad loss. The fact they beat North Carolina away from home, and [that] one of those losses is to Duke could give Michigan State a slight edge [in seeding], even though they lost to Ohio State. They’re judged by the whole season, not one game, and Michigan State’s season overall might be better [than Ohio State’s].”