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Michigan State back on top of college basketball rankings

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Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the first time in 13 years.

The Spartans celebrated by blowing out overmatched Portland Monday night in East Lansing, Michigan.

Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help the new No. 1 pull away to beat the Pilots, 82-67.

Michigan State (4-0) was the top-ranked team for two weeks during the 2000-01 season — the year after coach Tom Izzo helped the program win its second national title — and twice in the 1978-79 season when the Magic Johnson-led team went on to claim the NCAA championship.

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