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Michigan Basketball moves into top three of latest AP poll despite continued layoff

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The Wolverines are set to resume playing this week.

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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.

Here is the full poll for this week:

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

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.