Michigan Drops in AP Top 25, Michigan vs MSU Start Time Announced for March 9

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The new AP Top 25 Poll was released Monday and as expected, Michigan (24-4, 13-4 Big Ten) dropped a few places after a 77-70 loss at home to rival Michigan State on Sunday. The Wolverines came in at No. 9 in the new poll, extending their time in the top 10 to thirteen weeks in a row. Michigan State (23-5, 14-3 Big Ten) leapfrogged the Wolverines as the top-ranked Big Ten team, rising to No. 6 with their win in Ann Arbor. Gonzaga (27-2) returned to  No. 1 for the first time since December, when the Bulldogs spent two weeks as the top team in the land before losing to Tennessee and North Carolina. Since those losses, Gonzaga has won 18 straight games. The Bulldogs replaced Duke at the top spot, receiving 44 of 64 first-place votes.

Virginia moved up one spot to No. 2 and got 15 first-place votes. Duke is down to third after falling to North Carolina at home on Tuesday. The Tar Heels are up to No. 5, just behind Kentucky at No. 4.

Six Big Ten teams were ranked in this week’s poll, following Michigan State and Michigan in the top 10, Purdue came in at No. 14, Maryland at No. 17, Wisconsin at No. 19, and Iowa at No. 22. Michigan will travel to No. 17 Maryland for a game on Sunday (3:45 ET, CBS.) The Wolverines host Nebraska for senior night on Thursday, when Charles Matthews will be honored pregame (7:00 ET, ESPN)

Other notables include Preseason No. 1 Kansas falling to No. 15, the Jayhawks lowest ranking since January 2014. Making its Top 25 debut is No. 24 Wofford, becoming only the second Southern Conference team to ever be ranked in the polls (Furman.) The Terriers have won 15 straight games, the second longest win streak in the country behind Gonzaga’s 18 wins in a row. Wofford’s only losses have come against Power 5 teams UNC, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi State.

Both Michigan and Michigan State announced today that the rematch between the teams on March 9 in East Lansing will be played in primetime. The Spartans and Wolverines will tip off at 8 PM at the Breslin Center in East Lansing in a game that may be for a share of the Big Ten championship for at least one, if not both teams. The game will regular season finale for both teams will be televised by ESPN.

 

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