Michigan returned to the top-five in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll released Monday.
The Volunteers kept their top spot, with the top five rounded out by Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga and Michigan. https://t.co/HAsbju53GJ— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) January 28, 2019
The Wolverines stayed put at No. 5 in the AP after a 2-0 week. The buzzer-beating victory over Minnesota and the blowout at Indiana impressed the coaches enough to bump them up a spot to fifth, as well.
The Maize and Blue passed in-state rival Michigan State in the coaches poll after the Spartans’ 73-63 defeat at Purdue Sunday. MSU fell to No. 8, but stayed at No. 6 in the AP.
The rest of the top-five remains put. Tennessee holds onto the top ranking for the second-straight week, while No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia and No. 4 Gonzaga stay ahead of Michigan.
John Beilein’s program has a challenging week ahead of it. Ohio State comes to Crisler Center on Tuesday night, and then the Wolverines travel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena for a top-25 tilt versus Iowa Friday.
The rest of the Big Ten is ranked as followed:
- Purdue (No. 17 AP, No. 18 Coaches)
- Maryland (No. 21 AP, No. 24 Coaches)
- Wisconsin (No. 24 AP, No. 23 Coaches)
- Iowa (receiving votes in the AP, No. 25 Coaches)
- Minnesota and Nebraska both received votes in the AP.
Michigan also rates in the top-five in the NET rankings, placing at fourth.
(Note: The original article stated that Michigan plays Iowa on Saturday. That tip-off is Friday at 7 p.m. on FS1.)