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January 14, 2013Sunday 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).