This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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AP Top 25: Michigan State moves into the top 5

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: February 27, 2012 - 6:11 PM

Michigan State, on a seven-game roll, continues to move up in the AP poll, jumping one spot from last week. Is year the year for a run at the title for the Spartans? Coach Tom Izzo has said it would be extra special this year, with this team.

Ohio State, on the other hand – with some baffling losses in recent weeks – slides again, two spots, as does Michigan, after dropping one to Purdue on Saturday. Wisconsin moves up two and Indiana, after its Gophers trouncing is bumped up five spots from No. 23.

For the first time in a couple weeks, a Big Ten team not currently ranked received some votes. That’s Purdue, with three votes after recent wins over Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska.

1. Kentucky (28-1)
2. Syracuse (29-1)
3. Kansas (24-5)
4. Duke (25-4)
5. Michigan State (24-5)
6. North Carolina (25-4)
7. Missouri (25-4)
8. Marquette (24-5)
9. Baylor (24-5)
10. Ohio State (23-6)
11. Georgetown (21-6)
12. Murray State (28-1)
13. Michigan (21-8)
14. Wisconsin (21-8)
15. Wichita State (26-4)
16. Florida (22-7)
17. UNLV (24-6)
18. Indiana (22-7)
19. Louisville (22-7)
20. Notre Dame (20-9)
21. San Diego State (22-6)
22. Florida State (19-9)
23. Temple (22-6)
24. Virginia (21-7)
25. Creighton (25-5)
 

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