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Michigan falls in AP poll following pair of losses last week

The Wolverines finish the regular season as the No. 4 team in the country.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Michigan State Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines had a successful week in that they were able to clinch a regular season Big Ten championship, but also last two of three games to end the year. They fell to the No. 4 spot in the country in the release of this week’s AP top 25 college basketball poll.

Baylor moved back up to the No. 2 spot, while Illinois leapfrogged the Wolverines to take over the No. 3 ranking. Iowa rounds out the top five and stays at No. 5 for the second week in a row.

Other ranked Big Ten teams include Ohio State (No. 9) and Purdue (No. 20).

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

The Big Ten Tournament kicks off this week with Michigan’s first game set for Friday at noon. They will be taking on the winner of the Thursday game between Maryland and Michigan State. The Wolverines, of course, are dealing with an ankle/foot injury to senior guard Eli Brooks that leaves his postseason status up in the air.

A good showing in Indianapolis may leave Michigan on the doorstep of a No. 1 seed, but there is now a little bit of anxiety over Brooks’ status and losses in two of the last three games. We’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out.