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Michigan stays at No. 3 in AP men’s college basketball poll; More accolades for Dickinson

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Three Big Ten teams are ranked inside the top five.

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The Michigan Wolverines finally returned to game action in a win over Wisconsin on Sunday following a three-week layoff. As a result, they stayed put in this week’s AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll as the third-ranked team in the country.

Michigan remains the top-ranked team in the Big Ten, which now has three teams in the top five after Feb. 1 for the first time in the conference’s history. Ohio State (No. 4) and Illinois (No. 5) come in behind the Wolverines in this week’s poll. Gonzaga and Baylor remain in the top two spots.

The conference as a whole has five teams that are ranked with Iowa (No. 11) and Wisconsin (No. 21) making up the others.

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

There were also more accolades on Monday for freshman center Hunter Dickinson, who won his sixth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. That puts him one behind Trey Burke for the most in Michigan history, which would also be good for second all-time in the conference. Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger leads all-time with 12 Freshman of the Week awards.

It projects to be another tough week for Michigan, which is typically how life goes in the Big Ten. Thursday will see them face off against a scrappy Rutgers squad at Crisler Center. They then travel to Columbus on Sunday to take on No. 4 Ohio State.