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January 14, 2013

U-M falls to fifth in USA Today coaches' poll

Sunday morning, the Wolverines stood as the last remaining unbeaten team in college basketball. By Sunday afternoon, Ohio State had stripped away that title, defeating Michigan, 56-53, in Columbus.

The Wolverines (16-1 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) dropped its first game of the season. With a chance to overtake the No. 1 spot in the USA Today coaches' poll, Michigan lost a heated battle and tumbled in the rankings.

Michigan is now ranked fifth, behind No. 1 Louisville, No. 2 Indiana, No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Kansas.

But the Wolverines have an excellent shot to climb back upwards, with huge road tests coming up on the schedule.

Thursday, Michigan travels to Minneapolis to take on the 12th-ranked Golden Gophers. The Wolverines also have upcoming games at No. 22 Illinois (Jan. 27) and No. 2 Indiana (Feb. 2).

Here's a breakdown of the coaches' poll (Big Ten teams in bold).

USA Today Coaches' Poll (Jan. 14)
Team
Record
Previous Rank
1. Louisville
15-1
4
2. Indiana
15-1
5
3. Duke
15-1
1
4. Kansas
14-1
6
5. Michigan
16-1
2
6. Syracuse
16-1
7
7. Arizona
15-1
3
8. Gonzaga
16-1
8
9. Florida
12-2
9
10. Creighton
16-1
11
11. Ohio State
13-3
14
12. Minnesota
15-2
10
13. Butler
14-2
17
14. San Diego St.
14-2
15
15. N.C. State
14-2
21
16. Missouri
12-3
12
17. Michigan St.
14-3
18
18. Kansas St.
13-2
23
19. VCU
14-3
24
20. Notre Dame
14-2
16
21. New Mexico
15-2
NR
22. Illinois
14-4
13
23. UNLV
14-3
13
24. Cincinnati
14-3
20
25. UCLA
14-3
NR



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