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Michigan moves to No. 2 in AP Top 25 after Baylor loss

Field Level Media
02 Mar 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

Michigan moved into the No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25 poll released Monday, breaking the season-long hold of Gonzaga and Baylor on the top two places.

Gonzaga (24-0) captured 59 of 63 first-place votes to remain No. 1, but Baylor (18-1) fell to No. 3 following Saturday's loss to Kansas. The Wolverines (18-1) received the other four first-place votes.

Michigan's ascension came after wins last week over Iowa and Indiana.

Illinois (18-6) climbed to No. 4 and was followed by Iowa (18-7), giving the Big Ten three of the nation's top five teams.

West Virginia continued its rise, climbing four spots to No. 6, and was followed by Ohio State (18-7), Alabama (19-6), Houston (20-3) and Villanova (15-4) in the top 10.

Baylor returned to action last week after a three-week layoff due to COVID-19, and coach Scott Drew blamed the break on his team's sluggishness in the 71-58 loss to Kansas and a narrow win over Iowa State.

"We were the No. 1-shooting team in the country, and we'll get back to that," Drew said. "But even Superman has kryptonite. And I guess COVID protocols is ours."

Coming in at No. 11 was Florida State (14-4), followed by Arkansas (19-5), which jumped eight spots. Kansas (18-8) moved up four places to No. 13.

The biggest fallers of the week were Oklahoma (14-7), which plummeted nine spots to No. 16 after losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma State, and Virginia, which dropped six places to No. 21.

The Cavaliers (15-6) were the nation's No. 7 team just two weeks ago.

Oklahoma State (16-6) moved into the poll at No. 17, with No. 23 Purdue (16-8) and No. 24 Colorado (19-7) also joining the Top 25.

Falling out this week were Southern California, Tennessee and Missouri.

--Field Level Media

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