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Michigan moves up to No. 2 ranking in this week’s AP Top 25 poll

The Wolverines moved into even more elite company on Monday afternoon.

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The Michigan Wolverines continued their hot streak with another week of victories and are risers in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. Michigan has moved up a slot to take over the No. 2 ranking in all of college basketball.

The Wolverines had a 22-point win over Iowa at home last week, who moved up to No. 5 in this week’s poll after a win over Ohio State. Michigan would follow that up with a 16-point victory over Indiana on the road on Saturday. The door was opened for a move up to the No. 2 spot in the country after Baylor’s loss to Kansas on Saturday night.

Michigan also received four first-place votes, chipping in at Gonzaga’s stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking.

The updated rankings set up a top-four showdown in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night with Illinois moving into the No. 4 spot. The Illini are still mathematically alive for a Big Ten championship, but Michigan needs a single victory in one of the last three games of the year to clinch the title based on winning percentage.

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

Tuesday’s game between Michigan and Illinois from Crisler Center in Ann Arbor is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff and will be televised via ESPN. The Wolverines close out the season with a home-and-home series with Michigan State on March 4 and March 7, respectively.