With number one Duke having lost earlier in the week, the Michigan Wolverines mens basketball team knew a number one ranking was on the line when they faced Illinois in Champaign last night.
They took care of business by getting the win and the AP has officially voted Michigan the number one team in the land. Michigan got 51 of the 65 first place votes to rank ahead of Kansas, Indiana, Florida and Duke.
Michigan moved up in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll as well, although they check in at number two after spending last week ranked third behind Duke and Kansas. Michigan’s 14 first place votes fell short to the 16 Kansas received as the Jayhawks claim the top spot in that poll.
Michigan puts that number one ranking on the line on Wednesday when they host Northwestern. They close out the week with a game at Indiana on Saturday night.
The Michigan State Spartans lost a tough road game to Indiana yesterday afternoon but won at Wisconsin earlier in the week. They held steady at number 13 in the AP Poll while jumping from 11 to 9 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.