Wolverines jump into top 10 as rest of Big Ten tumbles

Wolverines jump into top 10 as rest of Big Ten tumbles
January 27, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Michigan moved way up, but that's about the only good news for the Big Ten in the latest AP top 25 rankings.

A pair of wins over top-10 opponents launched the Wolverines from No. 21 to No. 10 in the AP poll, as the good times keep on rolling for Michigan. After the previous week's road win at Wisconsin, the Wolverines knocked off then-No. 10 Iowa and upset then-No. 3 Michigan State in East Lansing to prove themselves the team to beat in the Big Ten. Saturday's win over the Spartans leaves them as the only team with an unblemished conference record.

It's a return to the top 10 for Michigan, which was ranked there in the preseason before four non-conference losses forced them out of the poll entirely. But a nine-game winning streak has rocketed them back up into college basketball's upper echelon.

But despite the national spotlight getting squarely pointed on Ann Arbor, it was a rough week in the rankings for the Big Ten overall.

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Those Michigan wins meant losses for Michigan State and Iowa, and it forced both to fall in the rankings Monday. The Spartans dropped from No. 3 to No. 7, and the Hawkeyes fell from No. 10 to No. 15. One will likely be even lower next week, as the two teams square off against one another on Tuesday.

Wisconsin also fell out of the top 10, as a midweek loss at Minnesota bumped the Badgers down from No. 9 to No. 14.

The fifth ranked team in the Big Ten, Ohio State, is in danger of falling out of the rankings. Last Monday night's loss to Nebraska sent the Buckeyes from No. 17 to No. 24. They snapped a four-game losing streak three days after that loss to the Huskers, a win that might have kept them in the top 25 this week.

Also receiving votes in this week's poll were the Golden Gophers, who impressed with that win over Wisconsin before falling to Nebraska on Sunday.