After losing two of their last three games to close out the regular season, the Michigan Wolverines have fallen five spots in the AP Poll to No. 17.
It was a rough week for the Wolverines. They lost to No. 14 Ohio State, despite Leigha Brown putting up a career-high 36 points. They did get a win on Senior Night against a bad Rutgers team, with Emily Kiser pouring in a career-high 34 points, but then lost to a bad Wisconsin team on the road Sunday.
The Wolverines really need to get healthy. Michigan’s two leading scorers — Leigha Brown (internal issue) and Laila Phelia (lower body injury) — were out for the Wisconsin game. If they want to win a few games in the NCAA Tournament, they need both those elite shot creators to be on the floor.
Michigan finished the year fifth in the Big Ten with a 11-7 conference record and a 21-8 record overall. It should be noted the Big Ten might be the deepest conference in women’s college basketball; all four of the teams ahead of Michigan in the standings are in the top-15 in the AP Poll.
As a 5 seed, Michigan has a bye for the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament and will face the winner of Penn State and Minnesota — two of the worst teams in the conference — in the second round. That game will tip-off Thursday afternoon, 25 minutes after the Michigan State-Nebraska game at 12:30 p.m. ends.