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Weekly Polls: Michigan on the Outskirts of Top 25 Polls

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Michigan likely must sweep Indiana and Michigan State at the Crisler Center this week to enter the top 25 in the AP and Coaches polls.

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Riding a four-game winning streak, Michigan is knocking on the door that is the AP and Coaches polls, but the door hasn't opened yet. The Wolverines (17-5, 7-2 Big Ten) are just outside the top 25 in both polls, ranking tied for 30th in the AP and 29th in the Coaches. In terms of votes, Michigan received 21 in the AP, which is a nice boost from the one it had last week, and 19 in the Coaches. Despite their shiny record, it's not a surprise that the Wolverines haven't broken into the top 25 yet. They still lack quality wins as there's a big dropoff after the Maryland and Texas victories. However, with a homestand against #22/21 Indiana and #10/10 Michigan State this week, Michigan would be ranked with a sweep. This is a big week for the Wolverines.

In other Big Ten news, #4/3 Maryland jumped #5/7 Iowa after the Terrapins handed the Hawkeyes their first Big Ten loss of the season, 74-68. I understand the rationale, but this game was played in College Park and was considered a toss-up. I think the coaches punished the Hawkeyes too much by dropping them to #7 because Iowa is a top-five team in my mind without any doubts right now. Also, Purdue earned a nice bump in both polls after beating Minnesota and Nebraska, jumping three spots to #18 in the AP and five spots to #16 in the Coaches. No other Big Ten teams earned votes from either poll.

Here are the full polls for February 1, 2016:

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Oklahoma Sooners (45) 18-2 1605
2 North Carolina Tar Heels (20) 20-2 1578
3 Villanova Wildcats 18-3 1384
4 Maryland Terrapins 19-3 1366
5 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-4 1362
6 Xavier Musketeers 19-2 1344
7 Kansas Jayhawks 17-4 1233
8 Texas A&M Aggies 18-3 1169
9 Virginia Cavaliers 17-4 1086
10 Michigan State Spartans 19-4 1018
11 Providence Friars 18-4 900
12 SMU Mustangs 19-1 853
13 Iowa State Cyclones 16-5 851
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 17-4 814
15 Baylor Bears 17-4 728
16 Oregon Ducks 18-4 551
17 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 16-4 537
18 Purdue Boilermakers 19-4 511
19 Louisville Cardinals 17-4 478
20 Kentucky Wildcats 16-6 429
21 Wichita State Shockers 16-5 323
22 Indiana Hoosiers 18-4 270
23 Arizona Wildcats 17-5 245
24 Dayton Flyers 18-3 168
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 19-2 87
Others Receiving Votes: St. Mary's (18-2) 63; Southern California (17-5) 40; VCU (16-5) 33; Utah (17-5) 33; Notre Dame (15-6) 21; Michigan (17-5) 21; Valparaiso (19-4) 7; Duke (15-6) 6; Pittsburgh (17-4) 4; Florida (14-7) 3; Saint Joseph's (18-3) 1; Stony Brook (17-4) 1; San Diego State (16-6) 1; Texas (14-7) 1


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 North Carolina (18) 19-2 786
2 Oklahoma (14) 18-2 780
3 Maryland 19-3 667
4 Villanova 18-3 657
5 Xavier 19-2 650
6 Kansas 17-4 627
7 Iowa 17-4 618
8 Texas A&M 18-3 594
9 Virginia 17-4 564
10 Michigan St 19-4 517
11 Providence 18-4 464
12 West Virginia 17-4 374
13 Baylor 17-4 366
14 Iowa St. 16-5 321
15 Miami-Florida 16-4 313
16 Purdue 19-4 278
17 Oregon 18-4 239
18 Louisville 17-4 237
19 Kentucky 16-5 223
20 Arizona 17-5 206
21 Indiana 18-4 200
22 Wichita St. 16-5 163
23 South Carolina 19-2 156
24 Dayton 18-3 120
25 St. Mary's 18-2 61
Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburgh 42; Duke 27; Utah 21; Michigan 19; Notre Dame 17; Southern California 16; Virginia Commonwealth 16; Gonzaga 13; Butler 8; Monmouth 8; Valparaiso 8; Texas 7; St. Joseph's 5; Florida 4; California 3; Clemson 2; Alabama at Birmingham 1; Seton Hall 1; Washington 1.