It appears that Michigan’s close loss on the road to the top team in the Big Ten and currently ranked No. 3 Purdue was enough to convince the voters in the Associated Press Poll.
After topping Rutgers and being edged by the Boilermakers, the Wolverines (17-6, 6-4 Big Ten) have jumped up one ranking to No. 24 in this weeks AP Top-25 poll.
AP POLL ALERT: Villanova stays atop men's AP Top 25, but No. 2 Virginia gets closer after beating Duke; North Carolina down to 19 and West Virginia drops to 15. And Kentucky is back in. Full poll: https://t.co/nw0logXyjJ pic.twitter.com/VPlKLw4g4d— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) January 29, 2018
After a slow start against the Scarlet Knights, U-M turned it around for a commanding second half and earned the 62-47 victory. Against the Boilermakers, U-M traded blows the entire game with the conferences top team, but fell short in the closing minute 92-88.
PU (21-2, 10-0) remained at the No. 3 ranking, while Michigan State (20-3, 8-2) went from No. 6 to No. 5 with a pair of double digit wins over Illinois and Wisconsin and beat Maryland 74-68 on Sunday night. Ohio State (18-5, 9-1) dropped from No. 13 to No. 17 following a stunner at home against Penn State for its first Big Ten loss.
No other Big Ten school received votes for this weeks top-25.
U-M is back in action tonight, Jan. 29, against Northwestern (13-9, 4-5) at 7 p.m. in the Crisler Center.