Pollin' It, Hoops Edition: Michigan at the Back End of the Top 25

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After a couple losses in the early going Michigan has slid back another spot from 20 to 21, but with a matchup looming against Duke, the Wolverines have an opportunity to move back up.

Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State (31) 7-0 799 1
2 Arizona (1) 7-0 758 3
3 Ohio State 6-0 695 6
4 Kentucky 7-1 683 4
5 Syracuse 7-0 682 7
6 Louisville 6-1 607 9
7 Kansas 6-1 597 2
8 Duke 6-2 547 5
9 Wisconsin 8-0 517 11
10 Wichita State 8-0 484 12
11 Oklahoma State 7-1 476 8
12 Florida 6-1 426 13
13 Oregon 7-0 417 15
14 Connecticut 7-0 410 14
15 Memphis 5-1 311 19
15 Gonzaga 7-1 311 10
17 UCLA 7-0 261 21
18 Iowa State 5-0 245 22
19 Villanova 7-0 201 42
20 Baylor 7-1 195 17
21 Michigan 5-2 156 20
22 Massachusetts 6-0 122 26
23 Indiana 6-1 76 25
24 Iowa 7-1 63 23
25 North Carolina 4-2 62 16
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 42, New Mexico 36, San Diego State 35, VCU 35, Pittsburgh 33, Dayton 26, Boise State 21, Creighton 17, Saint Mary's 13, Florida State 10, Missouri 10, Colorado 8, Charlotte 6, Marquette 4, Notre Dame 2, George Washington 1

Update: And here's the AP Top 25:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State (63) 7-0 1623 1
2 Arizona (2) 7-0 1547 4
3 Kentucky 7-1 1473 3
4 Syracuse 7-0 1375 8
5 Ohio State 6-0 1340 7
6 Kansas 6-1 1240 2
7 Louisville 6-1 1139 9
8 Wisconsin 8-0 1094 10
9 Oklahoma State 7-1 1070 5
10 Duke 6-2 1021 6
11 Wichita State 8-0 911 12
12 Connecticut 7-0 836 13
13 Oregon 7-0 801 14
14 Villanova 7-0 785 37
15 Florida 6-1 758 15
16 Memphis 5-1 748 21
17 Iowa State 5-0 623 17
18 UCLA 7-0 548 19
19 Gonzaga 7-1 380 11
20 Baylor 7-1 377 18
21 Massachusetts 6-0 274 24
22 Michigan 5-2 223 22
23 Iowa 7-1 171 23
24 San Diego State 5-1 150
25 Dayton 6-1 90
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 74, Virginia 73, New Mexico 71, North Carolina 62, Florida State 40, Pittsburgh 36, Boise State 36, VCU 30, Charlotte 20, Creighton 17, Colorado 17, Missouri 16, Harvard 10, Illinois 10, Cincinnati 8, Ole Miss 3, George Washington 2, Saint Mary's 2, Xavier 1

Michigan is still hanging in the top-25 — now three spots behind Iowa State — but the grasp is tenuous and a loss on Tuesday could drop Michigan out of the polls until Big Ten play, barring any heroics against Arizona in a couple weeks.

This isn't necessarily surprising.  There isn't much weight to Michigan's schedule past ISU/Duke/Arizona, and the loss to Charlotte has to be answered for.

This doesn't mean much for the season's bigger goals.  Michigan is still a young team looking for direction and trying to find its way on offense.  There are plenty of big games to come once Big Ten play starts.  Until then, Michigan will have a few big opportunities to test itself and a few more to work out the kinks.

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