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Michigan basketball jumps from unranked into the top five in the newest AP poll

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What a first month it was for Juwan Howard at Michigan.

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis Championship-Gonzaga vs Michigan Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Juwan Howard’s Michigan Wolverines (7-0) are finally ranked after four weeks of college basketball in a spot that nobody could have seen coming less than a week ago. After defeating two top-ten teams in the Bahamas and winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Wolverines have gone from unranked to No. 4 in the AP Poll released on Monday afternoon.

The team they play next, Louisville, is the new No. 1 team in the country.

Here’s what the top ten looks like, as well as where the other teams in the Big Ten rank:

  1. Louisville (48 first place votes)
  2. Kansas (3 first place votes)
  3. Maryland
  4. Michigan (9 first place votes)
  5. Virginia (5 first place votes)
  6. Ohio State
  7. North Carolina
  8. Kentucky
  9. Gonzaga
  10. Duke
  11. Michigan State

With the Wolverines’ rise from unranked all the way to No. 4 in the country, they have matched the largest jump in the history of the AP Top 25 after Kansas did the same thing back in 1989.

Michigan’s game against No. 1 Louisville tips off at 7:30 p.m. from KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday night. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge showdown will be nationally broadcast via ESPN.

The other notable Big Ten/ACC Challenge games include No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 7 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke vs. Michigan State.

What a week for these two conferences.