Michigan State is the first team in 23 years to start the season as the No. 1-ranked team in men's college basketball but nevertheless lose at least two of its first five games.
The last time it happened was 1996, when Bob Huggins' Cincinnati Bearcats started 2-2.
Now the No. 3 Spartans are spinning due to the roundhouse kick to the face they received Monday, out in magnificent Maui, from unranked-but-unruly Virginia Tech. The Hokies, by virtue of their 71-66 victory in the first round of the Maui Invitational, gave way to dual claims: that Virginia Tech (which is yet to receive a single vote toward the AP Top 25 this season, let alone crack the rankings) might be college basketball's most underrated team — and that the Spartans could now be the sport's most overrated one.
Considering that Michigan State (3-2) is still holding at No. 1 in KenPom, a cynic's argument against Sparty would be easy to make at the moment, even with that dramatic, impressive road victory against Seton Hall still proudly pinned to the wall.
College basketball scholars know Tom Izzo's teams always schedule up outside of conference play. That's an MSU staple.