The Michigan Wolverines are still working their way back to the court after a two-week shutdown in the athletic department, but the AP poll still has them ascending. Despite not being in action since Jan. 22, the Wolverines have slid up a spot in this week’s poll up to No. 3 in the country.
Michigan now ranks behind only Gonzaga and Baylor in the trio of contenders at the top of college basketball. They are one of seven teams in the Big Ten conference this week that are ranked inside the top 25.
That list also includes Ohio State (No. 4), Illinois (No. 6), Iowa (No. 15), Wisconsin (No. 21), Purdue (No. 24) and Rutgers (No. 25).
Also notable in this week’s poll is the lack of the traditional blue bloods that have dominated the polls for years.
Each of the 10 schools with the most total AP Poll appearances all-time are not ranked in this week's AP Poll:— Corey Price (@coreyp08) February 8, 2021
928 North Carolina
476 Michigan State
Here is the full poll for this week:
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|
Michigan has had to postpone five-straight games, but are set to return to the floor on Sunday for a Valentine’s Day tilt with Wisconsin.