Michigan Moves To No. 1 In AP Poll

By: AP, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: AP, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

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.

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.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:<
^ Record Pts Prv<
1. Michigan (51) 19-1 1,611 2<
2. Kansas (13) 18-1 1,572 3<
3. Indiana 18-2 1,457 7<
4. Florida (1) 16-2 1,420 8<
5. Duke 17-2 1,328 1<
6. Syracuse 18-2 1,322 3<
7. Gonzaga 19-2 1,177 10<
8. Arizona 17-2 1,160 6<
9. Butler 17-3 1,023 9<
10. Oregon 18-2 969 16<
11. Ohio St. 15-4 945 14<
12. Louisville 16-4 905 5<
13. Michigan St. 17-4 897 13<
14. Miami 15-3 894 25<
15. Wichita St. 19-2 621 20<
16. Mississippi 17-2 473 23<
17. Missouri 15-4 464 22<
18. Kansas St. 15-4 463 11<
19. NC State 16-4 431 18<
20. New Mexico 17-3 333 15<
21. Creighton 18-3 312 17<
22. San Diego St. 16-4 302 _<
23. Minnesota 15-5 281 12<
24. Cincinnati 16-4 220 21<
25. Marquette 14-4 216 _<
Others receiving votes: Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34, Arizona St. 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova 6, Baylor 5, Iowa St. 4, Memphis 4, VCU 4, La Salle 3, Saint Mary's (Cal) 2, Colorado St. 1.


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