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Michigan drops two spots to No. 9 in AP Poll

The Wolverines fell to Michigan State at home causing them to drop with a 24-4 overall record.

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Following a home loss to Michigan State, Michigan fell two spots to No. 9 in this weeks Associated Press Poll.

Michigan (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten) went 1-1 last week, defeating Minnesota (17-11, 7-10) 69-60 at The Barn on Thursday but then falling to MSU (23-5, 14-3) 77-70 at Crisler Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The win put the Spartans up to No. 6 in this weeks poll and they are on top of the Big Ten, leading No. 14 Purdue (20-7, 13-3) by a half game and the Wolverines by a game.

The Spartans and Wolverines will meet again at the Breslin Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Both teams have three total games remaining, meaning that meeting could be for a share of the Big Ten title if both teams win out until the matchup.

However, the Boilermakers have four games remaining and could also earn a share of or win the league regular season championship. Purdue does not play MSU or Michigan to end the season. Currently, to win it, Purdue will need MSU to lose twice and to earn a share will need them to lose just once as they split the season series.

As for the rest of the Big Ten, Maryland (17) jumped seven spots in the most recent poll. The Terrapins are joined by Wisconsin (19) and Iowa (22) in the Top 25.

Here’s the complete AP Top 25 poll:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Virginia
  3. Duke
  4. Kentucky
  5. North Carolina
  6. Michigan State
  7. Tennessee
  8. Houston
  9. Michigan
  10. Marquette
  11. Texas Tech
  12. Nevada
  13. LSU
  14. Purdue
  15. Kansas
  16. Kansas State
  17. Maryland
  18. Florida State
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Buffalo
  22. Iowa
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Wofford
  25. Washington

The Wolverines will resume action at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 against Nebraska from Crisler Arena.