Pollin' It: Michigan Back In The AP Poll At 21

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Wolverines, winners of seven straight, have made it back into the top-25 after a big road win at Wisconsin.

AP Top 25 (January 20, 2014)

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Arizona Wildcats 18-0 1621
2 Syracuse Orange 18-0 1559
3 Michigan St. Spartans 17-1 1497
4 Villanova Wildcats 16-1 1377
5 Wichita St. Shockers 19-0 1368
6 Florida Gators 15-2 1303
7 San Diego St. Aztecs 16-1 1211
8 Kansas Jayhawks 13-4 1117
9 Wisconsin Badgers 16-2 1074
10 Iowa Hawkeyes 15-3 1041
11 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 15-3 971
12 Louisville Cardinals 16-3 804
13 UMass Minutemen 16-1 781
14 Kentucky Wildcats 13-4 769
15 Cincinnati Bearcats 17-2 736
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 14-3 644
17 Ohio St. Buckeyes 15-3 549
18 Duke Blue Devils 14-4 447
19 Saint Louis Billikens 17-2 421
20 Pittsburgh Panthers 16-2 419
21 Michigan Wolverines 13-4 362
22 Kansas St. Wildcats 14-4 221
23 Memphis Tigers 13-4 201
24 Baylor Bears 13-4 170
25 Oklahoma Sooners 14-4 111

The Wolverines started the season as a top ten team, but were dropped from the AP Poll by week six.  After six more weeks, Michigan is back in.

Michigan's strong run over the past month culminated in a huge road win at Wisconsin, where Michigan had not won since the 90s.  The Wolverines came out hot and weathered a late surge by Wisconsin to hold on for the victory.  This follows wins against Big Ten bottom feeders Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, as well as a road win against Minnesota to open the season.  The last team Michigan lost to was Arizona, still ranked number one.

The Wolverines will get a chance to improve their poll position this week with two top-ten opponents up next.  First, the Iowa Hawkeyes visit the Crisler Center on Wednesday, followed by a trip to East Lansing on Saturday.

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