Pollin' It: Michigan Moves Up To 12th In AP Poll

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

AP Top 25

1 Florida Gators (46) 27-2 1606 1
2 Wichita St. Shockers 31-0 1555 2
3 Arizona Wildcats (5) 27-2 1514 3
4 Duke Blue Devils 23-6 1364 6
5 Virginia Cavaliers 25-5 1304 12
6 Villanova Wildcats 26-3 1292 8
7 Syracuse Orange 26-3 1240 4
8 Kansas Jayhawks 22-7 1200 5
9 Wisconsin Badgers 24-5 1075 14
10 San Diego St. Aztecs 25-3 995 13
11 Louisville Cardinals 24-5 959 7
12 Michigan Wolverines 21-7 899 16
13 Creighton Bluejays 23-5 892 9
14 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-7 755 19
15 Cincinnati Bearcats 24-5 737 11
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 22-6 613 15
17 Saint Louis Billikens 25-4 539 10
18 SMU Mustangs 23-6 427 23
19 Connecticut Huskies 23-6 423 NR
20 Memphis Tigers 22-7 364 21
21 New Mexico Lobos 23-5 338 25
22 Michigan St. Spartans 22-7 322 18
23 Oklahoma Sooners 21-8 183 NR
24 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-9 94 20
25 Kentucky Wildcats 21-8 92 17

Others receiving votes: Texas 70, Virginia Commonwealth 58, UCLA 45, Stephen F. Austin 38, Gonzaga 38, Kansas State 19, Saint Joseph's 19, Ohio State 17, Green Bay 13, Harvard 7, Massachusetts 5, Arizona State 5, Pittsburgh 2, Colorado 2, Xavier 2, North Carolina Central 1, Southern Miss 1, Oklahoma State 1

Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 22, Texas 24

Michigan continues to rise in the polls after another fruitful week beating two lower ranked Big Ten teams to stay at the front of the Big Ten race and lock up at least a share of the title.

Michigan still sits behind Wisconsin in the polls, the Badgers are now the Big Ten's sole top-10 team.

Meanwhile, the Big Ten loses more of its poll power as Michigan State and Iowa both fall into the 20-25 range after losses this week.  Ohio State is out of the polls completely, and no other Big Ten team is receiving a vote.

Whatever you want to say about the Big Ten in comparison to other conferences, it is certainly a gauntlet of fairly evenly matched teams.  The bottom five of the conference currently has 10 or 11 losses while only three teams have fewer than seven losses.  Every team save Northwestern is in the Kenpom top-100, and to the Wildcat's credit they boast the 18th best defense in the nation and a maddeningly slow pace (62.1 poss. per game, 338th) that is difficult to deal with.

Michigan coming out of this fray with a title is still every bit as impressive as when the conference was more top heavy the last couple years.

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