Pollin' It: Michigan Finishes In The Top Ten

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan sits just outside the top five in the final Coaches Poll of the year.

Rank Team Record Pts Prev Hi/Low
1 Connecticut Huskies (30) 32-8 791 19 10/NR
2 Kentucky Wildcats (1) 29-11 759 22 1/NR
3 Florida Gators 36-3 735 1 1/19
4 Wisconsin Badgers 30-8 704 15 3/24
5 Arizona Wildcats 33-5 637 5 1/5
6 Michigan Wolverines 28-9 594 8 8/NR
7 Wichita State Shockers (1) 35-1 583 2 2/16/2014
8 Michigan State Spartans 29-9 553 13 1/22/2014
9 Louisville Cardinals 31-6 545 3 2/14/2014
10 Virginia Cavaliers 30-7 539 4 4/NR
11 Iowa State Cyclones 28-8 457 9 7/NR
12 San Diego State Aztecs 31-5 453 11 5/NR
13 Villanova Wildcats 29-5 367 7 3/NR
14 Kansas Jayhawks 25-10 341 10 2/20/2014
15 UCLA Bruins 28-9 297 23 17/NR
16 Duke Blue Devils 26-9 276 6 4/20/2014
17 Syracuse Orange 28-6 263 12 1/12/2014
18 Baylor Bears 26-12 246 NR 9/NR
18 Dayton Flyers 26-11 246 NR --
20 Creighton Bluejays 27-8 190 16 10/NR
21 North Carolina Tar Heels 24-10 156 18 11/NR
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 27-7 126 14 7/NR
23 Tennessee Volunteers 24-13 122 NR --
24 Stanford Cardinal 23-13 104 NR --
25 Saint Louis Billikens 27-7 75 21 8/NR
Others Receiving Votes New Mexico 50; Oklahoma 33; Memphis 23; Harvard 21; Ohio State 21; Oregon 14; Texas 12; Virginia Commonwealth 11; Pittsburgh 10; Gonzaga 10; St. Joseph?s 9; Stephen F. Austin 7; Southern Methodist 7; Minnesota 7; Florida State 4; Clemson 1; North Dakota State 1.

The biggest shock here might be the Shockers sliding past Michigan State to 7th despite bowing out of the tournament in the first weekend. Of course, that was Wichita State's first and only loss of the season, and it came to the eventual runner up. Nevermind, as Tom Izzo has been working on his list of excuses for the past week, so he will have the covered by the time there is another press conference.

As for the home team, Michigan ends 6th, one behind fellow Elite Eight loser Arizona. No complaints here. The more remarkable thing is that Michigan had such a wide swing in the polls. The highest Michigan was ranked before this was eighth. Of course, Michigan also spent over a month out of the polls entirely. Just another example of Michigan's big mid season turn around.

Now, *sob* comes the off season.

Lame.

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