The Big Ten regular-season championship comes with more than a big trophy. It apparently also gets you a Top 10 ranking.
Michigan returned to the Top 10 in the latest AP rankings, released Monday. The Wolverines secured their first outright regular-season conference title since 1986 with a midweek win over the Illini in Champaign. Then they got to release the confetti and cut down the nets at the Crisler Center after topping Indiana on Saturday.
The Wolverines are the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which tips off Thursday in Indianapolis, and now they're the No. 8 team in the country, jumping up four spots from No. 12 a week ago.
Michigan effectively flip-flopped with conferencemate Wisconsin, which fell from No. 9 to No. 12 following a Sunday-night loss to Nebraska in Lincoln.
Elsewhere in the Top 25, Michigan State remained at No. 22. The Spartans delivered a midweek pounding to Iowa, though lost on the road at Ohio State on Sunday. And speaking of the Buckeyes, that win over the Spartans elevated them back into the Top 25. Thad Matta's bunch is now the No. 24 team in the nation.
Iowa dropped out of the Top 25 after a pair of losses to Michigan State and Illinois. The Hawkeyes are playing poorly, losers of five of their last six games.
Nebraska, which earned the four seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament with its win over Wisconsin, is in the receiving votes category, as is Iowa.