MSU tops Hoops & Helmets Rankings

The success of Michigan State sports is clear across the board.

In the past two seasons, the Spartans have won conference titles in baseball (2011), women’s basketball (2011), football (2010) and men’s basketball (2012). Throw in the football division title in 2011 and the men’s basketball Big Ten Tournament title, and the programs are strong and thriving — and winning at a great clip.

Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio are coaching two of the most successful programs in their respective sports. (Michigan State Photo)

So when the College Football News released its 2012 Hoops & Helmets Rankings, it really was obvious which team should be ranked at the top of the list.

The Spartans basketball and football teams combined to be the top pair on the nation, ahead of No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Michigan.

Richard Cirminiello explained it like this: “The Spartans weren’t too fancy this winter. What else is new? Still, they’ve produced results from the opening kickoff of the opening game. In the fall, 11-3 Michigan State captured the Legends Division half of the Big Ten, posting notable wins over Ohio State, rival Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa. And while Mark Dantonio’s team lost the rematch with the Badgers in the league championship game, it did rally to beat Georgia in overtime in the Outback Bowl. The reward? A top-10 finish in the final coaches’ poll.

“The basketball team in East Lansing has taken the baton and jetted with it. The Spartans are one of the country’s elite programs, a No. 1 seed out of the West bracket, with a legitimate shot of winning the school’s third national championship. Senior F Draymond Green is the kind of dominant player who can put a team on his back and take them on a ride.”  

The Spartans moved into the top spot after being ranked No. 8 in 2011. They also made the list in other years, being ranked No. 13 in 2010 and No. 5 in 2009.

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Posted on March 12, 2012, in Basketball, Football. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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