Michigan State Basketball: Signs the Spartans Won't Last at No. 1

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Michigan State Basketball: Signs the Spartans Won't Last at No. 1
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Michigan State is the No. 1 team in college basketball for the first time in almost 13 years, according to the Detroit News' Matt Charboneau.

ESPN.com's news services reported that:

This is Michigan State's first time leading the rankings since a two-week run in 2000-01, when the Spartans reached the Final Four. Their only other time at No. 1 was a two-week stint in 1978-79, the season Magic Johnson carried the Spartans to the national title.

They opened the 2013-14 season with two impressive wins, destroying McNeese State and then taking down the preseason No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats.

Their victory against UK at the United Center in Chicago all but assured the Spartans of moving up to the top spot in the rankings.

But, Michigan State's last two wins have shown that head coach Tom Izzo's squad is less than invincible.

A close call against Columbia and an uneven victory over Portland raises the question: "How long will the Spartans stay at No. 1?"

Here are five signs that could foretell a short-term stint for Michigan State at the the top of the polls.

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