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March 4, 2013
After wild week of hoops, U-M drops slightly in polls
With traditional powerhouse programs like Indiana, Duke and Kansas putting together terrific seasons, a team outside the major conferences finds itself atop the polls for the first time in school history.
This season just keeps getting crazier.
After six Top 10 teams suffered losses last week - including four (Indiana, Duke, Michigan and Florida) that lost to unranked foes - Gonzaga moves to the top spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls.
The Hoosiers, who were upset at Minnesota last week, fell just one spot, from No. 1 to No. 2, in both major polls.
Rounding out the top are No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Georgetown in the AP poll, and No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Duke and No. 5 Georgetown in the USA Today poll.
The Wolverines hit a major speed bump last week, inexplicably dropping a game at Penn State, a team that had lost its first 14 Big Ten games.
Thanks to so many other programs losing, though, the damage in the polls was minor. After sitting at fifth in both polls last week, the Wolverines dropped to seventh in the AP poll and eighth in the coaches' poll.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Michigan State, which lost at Michigan Sunday, is the top-ranked seven-loss team in both polls, ranked No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 12 in the coaches' poll.
Ohio State is No. 14 in the AP and No. 13 in the coaches' poll.
Wisconsin also sneaks into the poll after a tough loss to Purdue, sitting at No. 22 in the AP and No. 21 in the coaches'.