Wolverines Earn #1 Ranking in AP Poll, MSU #13
For the first time since 1992, the University of Michigan men’s basketball team is ranked #1 in the country, according to the AP poll released Monday. With a record of 19-1, the Wolverines become the second Big Ten team to hold the #1 ranking this year, after Indiana held the position for the first 5 weeks of the season. Michigan State held steady at #13 in the most recent poll, despite losing at Indiana this past Sunday. Other Big Ten teams in the Top-25 include Indiana (#3), Ohio St. (#11), and Minnesota (#23). Wisconsin received votes as well, after beating Minnesota this past weekend.
As fans have seen so far in 2013, holding the top spot is no easy task. Three different teams have been ranked #1 each of the past three weeks, showing that NCAA basketball is as competitive this season as it has ever been before. The Wolverines will need to keep playing at a high level if they hope to retain their #1 position, with several key matchups in their schedule during the next two weeks, including a game at Assembly Hall against #3 Indiana on Feb. 2, and a rivalry matchup against the Buckeyes of Ohio St. on Feb. 5. The last time the Wolverines held the #1 ranking, they earned a berth in the NCAA National Championship game before losing to North Carolina.
The Wolverines are led by sophomore guard and National Player of the Year candidate Trey Burke, who is averaging 18 points and 7 assists per game. Other notable players include junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshmen Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III, who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after the win at Illinois.
As for the Spartans, a #13 ranking has them in a similar position at this point in the season to the 2012 team, who then went on to earn a #1 ranking in the NCAA Tournament. MSU has only one game this week, at home against Illinois, but will be looking forward to the matchup against Michigan on February 12 at the Breslin Center. Rest assured that Tom Izzo will have the Green and White peaking come March.
Whether you are a Spartan or Wolverine, you can be sure that Big Ten basketball will always provide you with an exciting matchup. With a handful of Top-25 ranked teams and some of the best players in the country, Big Ten teams are set to have an impressive showing at the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Upcoming games for UofM: Jan. 30th vs. Northwestern (BTN), Feb. 2nd @ Indiana (ESPN), Feb. 5th vs. Ohio St. (ESPN)
Upcoming games for MSU: Jan. 31st vs. Illinois (ESPN), Feb. 6th vs. Minnesota (BTN)