Michigan will get its crack as the nation’s top-ranked team after all.
Two weeks after missing out on the No. 1 ranking thanks to an ill-timed loss to Ohio State, the Wolverines sit atop the AP Poll for the first time this season. Michigan, the fourth new No. 1 in the poll in 2012-13, replaced Duke, which fell out of the top spot for the second time in two weeks.
John Beilein’s team received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel. Kansas, which moved up to No. 2, received 13 votes while fourth-ranked Florida nabbed the remaining one. Indiana checks in at No. 3 and Duke rounds out the Top 5. The Blue Devils dropped to fifth after a brief one-week stay atop the rankings following their punishing 27-point loss to Miami in Coral Gables.
Syracuse (No. 6), Gonzaga (No. 7), Arizona (No. 8), Butler (No. 9) and Oregon (No. 10) complete the Top 10. The Orange sunk from third to sixth, the Wildcats from sixth to eighth and the Bulldogs held serve at N0. 9 despite all three schools losing once in the week. Oregon surged into the Top 10 for the first time in more than a decade. The Ducks received scares from a pair of Evergreen State schools–Washington State and Washington–but in all have won nine straight games, second only to Kansas among teams in the Top 10.
Louisville slid from No. 5 to No. 12 thanks to a pair of losses in the week. The Cardinals first fell to Villanova in Philadelphia before coming up short against Georgetown in D.C. over the weekend. Minnesota, which also lost two games in the week, took the biggest plunge of any team remaining in the Top 25. The Golden Gophers tumbled from No. 12 to No. 23. Conversely, Miami made the biggest positive impression in the week after its drubbing of Duke. The Hurricanes soared from the fringe of the poll (No. 25) to No. 14.
San Diego State (No. 22) and Marquette (No. 25) rejoin the ranks. The Aztecs and Golden Eagles each reenter the poll following a one-week hiatus. San Diego State earned brownie points through its 21-point walloping of New Mexico at Viejas Arena. The Golden Eagles dumped Providence in their only contest of the week.
Virginia Commonwealth dropped out of the poll after suffering a pair of losses in the week. The Rams blew a late lead against cross-town rival Richmond and promptly fell in overtime, then dropped a home tilt against upstart La Salle two days later. Notre Dame, now without sixth-year senior Scott Martin indefinitely, toppled out of the poll as well. The Fighting Irish suffered an ugly blow at home to Georgetown earlier in the week.
|AP Top 25|
|19||North Carolina State||16-4||431|
|22||San Diego State||16-4||302|
- Others receiving votes: Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34, Arizona State 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova 6, Baylor 5, Iowa State 4, Memphis 4, Virginia Commonwealth 4, La Salle 3, Saint Mary’s 2, Colorado State 1
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