(LSJ) The Michigan State men's basketball team has dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 in the Associated Press and USA TODAY coaches polls today, after losing for the first time last week, 83-70 at Iowa.
A few moments before the AP poll came out today, Izzo was asked whether he was relieved at all about not being No. 1 at this point in the season.
"To hell with being the underdog," Izzo said. "No, I'm really not."
MSU (14-1, 1-1) likely will play its fourth straight game without leading scorer, rebounder and assist man Denzel Valentine on Thursday at home against Illinois (9 p.m., ESPN). Valentine (knee) could return Sunday at Penn State.
Kansas and Oklahoma moved to the top two spots in the AP poll, and the Big 12 schools will meet tonight.