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Michigan Men’s Basketball falls out of top-25 despite 2-0 start

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The Wolverines were in a closer-than-anticipated game on Sunday against Oakland.

NCAA Basketball: Oakland at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines are off to a 2-0 start this season, but a closer-than-expected result against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Sunday evening in Ann Arbor seems to have hurt them a bit this week in the AP top-25 poll.

Michigan slid outside of the poll this week despite starting the season as the 25th-ranked team in the country and wins over Bowling Green (96-82) and Oakland (81-71). They had the most votes of any team outside of the ranking, which has them now as the No. 26 team in college hoops.

The Big Ten as a whole has six teams in the top 25 with three of them in the top five (No. 3 Iowa, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Illinois) and four of them in the top eight (No. 8 Michigan State). Ohio State and Rutgers check in at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively.

Here’s a look at the full rankings this week:

AP Top 25 — College Basketball 2020-21

Rank School Conference Previous
Rank School Conference Previous
1 Gonzaga WCC 1
2 Baylor Big 12 3
3 Illinois Big Ten 4
4 Michigan Big Ten 2
5 Iowa Big Ten 9
6 Alabama SEC 8
7 Houston AAC 9
8 Arkansas SEC 12
9 Ohio State Big Ten 7
10 West Virginia Big 12 6
11 Kansas Big 12 13
12 Oklahoma State Big 12 17
13 Texas Big 12 15
14 Villanova Big East 10
15 Florida State ACC 11
16 Virginia ACC 21
17 Creighton Big East 14
18 Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley 20
19 San Diego State MWC 19
20 Texas Tech Big 12 18
20 Purdue Big Ten 23
22 Virginia Tech ACC 22
23 Colorado Pac-12 24
24 USC Pac-12 NR
25 Oklahoma Big 12 16

Up next for Michigan this week is a pair of home games with Ball State coming to town on Wednesday and UCF on Sunday.