Michigan moves to No. 1 in AP poll for first time in 20 years

Michigan is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time since its Fab Five days 20 years ago.

For the second straight week the No. 1 team lost. This time it was Duke, which was routed 90-63 by Miami in the third-worst defeat by a top-ranked team.

Michigan received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday. Kansas moved up one spot to No. 2 and had 13 first-place votes. They are the only one-loss teams in the poll. Indiana, Florida, which drew the other first-place vote, and Duke complete the top five.

The Wolverines advanced from No. 2 to become No. 1 for the fourth time. They were at the top for 10 weeks in 1964-65, eight weeks in 1976-77 and three weeks at the start of 1992-93, the Fab Five’s second season together.

That season, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson made it to the national championship game for the second straight year.

Michigan is the second Big Ten team to be No. 1 this season. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and stayed there for the first five weeks of the regular season. Duke moved in for four weeks before Louisville and the Blue Devils both held it for one week.

Rounding out the top 10 are No. 6 Syracuse, followed by Gonzaga, Arizona, Butler and Oregon. Miami rode its win over Duke to a 13-place jump in the poll, from 25th to 14th.

CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish says Miami should arguably be ranked higher.

"Miami is 15-3 with a 90-63 win over No. 5 Duke, a 67-59 win over No. 13 Michigan State and road wins at North Carolina and UMass. That’s strong," Parrish writes. "And the three losses aren’t bad considering Jim Larranaga’s leading scorer (Durand Scott) didn’t play in the loss to Florida Gulf Coast, and that big man Reggie Johnson missed nine games, including the losses to Arizona and Indiana State in Hawaii. In other words, Miami is perfect this season when at full strength — with wins over Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo."

Fourteen ranked teams, including half the top 10, lost at least one game last week. Four teams, including Louisville, which dropped from fifth to 12th, lost twice last week.

San Diego State and Marquette returned to the rankings this week, replacing Virginia Commonwealth, which was 19th, and Notre Dame, which was 24th.


Source : cbsnews[dot]com

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