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
|9||Ohio State||Big Ten||7|
|10||West Virginia||Big 12||6|
|12||Oklahoma State||Big 12||17|
|18||Loyola Chicago||Missouri Valley||20|
|19||San Diego State||MWC||19|
|20||Texas Tech||Big 12||18|
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.