Michigan Is No. 1 in AP Basketball Poll First Time Since 1992Eben Novy-Williams
The University of Michigan is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the first in 21 years.
The Wolverines (19-1) received 51 of the 65 first-place votes from a national panel of media members to move up from No. 2. The University of Kansas (18-1) received 13 first-place votes and is ranked second, with the final vote going to No. 4 Florida (16-2).
Duke University (17-2) fell to No. 5 from No. 1 after losing 90-63 to Miami on Jan. 23, the school’s worst loss in 23 years. Indiana (18-2), the top-ranked team in the preseason, is third.
Syracuse (18-2) is No. 6 in the poll, followed by Gonzaga (19-2) and Arizona (17-2). Butler (17-3) and Oregon (18-2) complete the Top 10.
Michigan, led by guard Trey Burke’s 17.9 points per game, and Kansas are the only one-loss teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Conference’s top division. The Wolverines last held the AP poll’s top spot at the start of the 1992-93 season, the sophomore campaign for Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson and Juwan Howard, a group known at the “Fab Five.”