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Michigan climbs to top-5 in both AP and Coaches Poll

The Wolverines returned after a 2-0 week. They face Ohio State at home on Tuesday and travel to No. 25 Iowa Friday.

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Michigan returned to the top-five in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll released Monday.

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.)