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Undefeated Michigan Climbs to No. 7 in AP College Basketball Poll

Michigan continues to climb the college basketball rankings. Other than that, a majority of the top 10 remain the same. Gonzaga and Baylor stay atop poll for the seventh consecutive week in the regular season.

The Wolverines (10-0) moved up three spots to No. 7 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, released Monday, after a dominating victory over Minnesota on Wednesday.

In the 82-57 blowout, Michigan looked solid on both sides of the court. They played confidently and shot with poise, shooting 56.9% from the field. Hunter Dickinson led the way, dropping a season-high 28 points. He would also follow up with eight rebounds. 

“He’s a huge part of our team’s success,” said head coach Juwan Howard, after being asked about Dickinson’s contribution to the team this season. 

Isaiah Livers finished with 14 points and Franz Wagner had 12 points for the Wolverines. Together, the team dominated in all aspects, including scoring 46 points in the paint compared to Minnesota’s 20. 

The Golden Gophers, who typically average 81 points-per-game, was held to just 57 points, 32 percent from the field and just 25 percent from three. The Wolverines were also able to hold star guard Marcus Carr to 14 points after entering the game averaging 22-plus points(5 of 16 from the field). 

No. 7 Michigan and No. 9 Wisconsin will meet on January 12 for a Big Ten conference battle. 

Among the Big Ten, the conference continues to dominate college basketball, with six teams in the top 25. The Big 12 and ACC follow, with five teams in the AP polls this week.

Big rises/falls

Clemson moves up seven spots to No. 12 after 74-70 victory over North Carolina State. 

Oregon(9-2) dropped five spots to No. 22.

Minnesota fell to No. 23 after a rough loss to Iowa.

Moving In/Out

No. 25 Connecticut moved into the poll for the first time since reaching No. 18 in 2016-17.

Ohio State returned to the rankings at No. 21.

Michigan State Spartans, who peaked at No. 4 on Dec. 7, dropped out of this week’s poll after a 55-54 loss to Purdue.

Rutgers tumbled out from the polls after being No. 15 last week.

Florida State tumbled out from the poll after being No. 25 last week.

Here is the latest AP poll:

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Villanova

4. Texas

5. Iowa

6. Kansas

7. Michigan

8. Creighton

9. Wisconsin

10. Tennessee

11. Houston

12. Clemson

13. West Virginia

14. Illinois

15. Texas Tech

16. Louisville

17. Missouri

18. Virginia

19. Duke

20. Virginia Tech

21. Ohio State

22. Oregon

23. Minnesota

24. Saint Louis

25. Connecticut

 

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