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Michigan Basketball Matches Largest Leap in AP Poll History In Going From Unranked To No. 4

Michigan Basketball Matches Largest Leap in AP Poll History In Going From Unranked To No. 4
Michigan Men’s basketball matches largest AP Poll bounce from unranked to the No. 4 ranked staff Leon Halip/Getty

Following the latest AP ballot rankings for males’s faculty basketball, the Michigan Wolverines made historical past with a leap from unranked to the No. 4 ranked staff in the nation.

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— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) December 2, 2019

Michigan was unranked in the AP ballot for the primary 4 weeks of the school basketball season however jumped into the highest 4 following seven straight wins. The Wolverines’ bounce in rankings ties a earlier bounce by Kansas in 1989; each are the most important leaps in 70 years of AP Poll rankings.

Many individuals believed that Michigan’s lack of key gamers and the introduction of recent head coach Juwan Howard would result in a down 12 months for the staff. Instead, Howard and the Wolverines have defied the doubters with their undefeated begin.

The Wolverines additionally had a robust outing in the Battle 4 Atlantis event final weekend. The event for Michigan started with a victory over Iowa State.

Michigan then defeated No. 6 ranked North Carolina and moved on to No. 9 Gonzaga in the event championship recreation. Michigan received the championship with an 82-64 closing rating.

“I’m sure we’re on the map now,” Howard instructed the Associated Press after the sport. “A lot of teams are looking and seeing Michigan as a name that’s out there. When you beat teams like Creighton and Iowa State as well as North Carolina and Gonzaga, you’re no longer under the radar.”

The Wolverines got the No. 4 rating however acquired 9 out of 63 first-place votes. Seth Davis of CBS Sports and Rob Dauster of NBC Sports, each voters on the AP Poll committee, tweeted out their picks with the Wolverines on the No. 1 spot.

“I am a voter in the AP poll. Here is the ballot I submitted for this week’s top 25,” Dauster wrote on Instagram.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi even gave the Wolverines a No. 1 seeding in his latest bracketology replace, together with Louisville, Kansas and Virginia.

Rankings are topic to alter each week, however Michigan will look to construct on their new rating in their upcoming matchups towards highly-ranked groups. The Wolverines will face No. 1 Louisville on December 3, adopted by video games towards No. 13 Oregon and No. 11 Michigan State.

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