Michigan basketball now a consensus top 15 team
Chris Asadian | AnnArbor.com
The Michigan basketball team split a pair of games last week, but still found itself on the rise in the national rankings.
And now, the Wolverines find themselves as a consensus top 15 team.
The Wolverines are at No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for a second straight week.
If Michigan beats Northwestern at home Wednesday (6:30 p.m., BTN), the Wolverines will be off to their best Big Ten start of the John Beilein era -- and best overall start since Tommy Amaker's final squad started 4-1 during the 2006-07 campaign.
The Wolverines' loss at Indiana wasn't seen as overly damaging, as the Hoosiers are now the No. 7 team in the country, according to the AP. Michigan's other losses have come against No. 8 Duke in the Maui Invitational and at No. 16 Virginia in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. The combined record of those teams is 42-4.
Ohio State (15-2, 3-1) remains the highest-ranked Big Ten team, holding a No. 5 ranking in both polls.
Michigan State (14-2, 3-0) moved up to No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the coaches poll, while the Hoosiers (15-1, 3-1) sit at No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll.
Michigan is the lone remaining Big Ten team in either poll, as Wisconsin (12-5, 1-3) fell from both lists.
Syracuse (17-0) remains the country's consensus top-ranked team, while Kentucky, North Carolina, Baylor and Ohio State rounded out the top five in both polls.
Amaker's Harvard team remains in the coaches poll at No. 25, while Steve Fisher's San Diego State squad sits at No. 22 in both polls.
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