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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'.

National Top 25 Polls, Week 17 (Feb. 25)
AP Top 25 Poll
USA Today Coaches' Poll
Team
Record
PTs
Team
Record
PTs
1. Gonzaga (51)
29-2
1,607
1. Gonzaga (29)
29-2
773
2. Indiana (7)
25-4
1,517
2. Indiana
25-4
710
3. Duke (5)
25-4
1,471
3. Kansas (1)
25-4
707
4. Kansas
25-4
1,433
4. Duke
25-4
668
5. Georgetown (2)
23-4
1,384
5. Georgetown
23-4
649
6. Miami
23-5
1,245
6. Louisville (1)
24-5
614
7. Michigan
24-5
1,240
7. Miami
23-5
568
8. Louisville
24-5
1,217
8. Michigan
24-5
566
9. Kansas State
24-5
1,040
9. Florida
23-5
522
10. Michigan St.
22-7
1,006
10. Kansas State
24-5
494
11. Florida
23-5
993
11. New Mexico
25-4
453
12. New Mexico
25-4
950
12. Michigan St.
22-7
430
13. Oklahoma St.
22-6
833
13. Ohio State
21-7
399
14. Ohio State
21-7
763
14. Oklahoma St.
22-6
366
15. Marquette
21-7
687
15. Saint Louis
23-5
338
16. Saint Louis
23-5
675
16. Syracuse
22-7
277
17. Syracuse
22-7
589
17. Marquette
21-7
253
18. Arizona
23-6
394
18. Arizona
23-6
233
19. Oregon
23-6
332
19. VCU
23-6
173
20. Pittsburgh
23-7
326
20. Memphis
25-4
172
21. VCU
23-6
277
21. Wisconsin
20-9
135
22. Wisconsin
20-9
217
22. Pittsburgh
23-7
118
23. UCLA
22-7
196
23. St. Mary's
26-5
84
24. Notre Dame
22-7
164
24. Notre Dame
22-7
73
25. Memphis
25-4
149
25. Oregon
23-6
59



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