(WQLR) – When the Wolverines and Spartans hoop it up this weekend, it will be the second top 10 battle between the two in-state rivals this season. This is incredible to think, considering that before this season it had never happened once.
Michigan moved up three spots to No. 4 with a come from behind victory over Illinois on Sunday 71-58, their sole game of the week. Against the Illini, Trey Burke continue to prove why he’s in the discussion for not only Big Ten Player Of The Year but also National Player Of The Year, with 26 points on 8-11 shooting, while dishing out eight assists.
The Spartans on the other hand dropped five spots to No. 9 after spending the previous week in the top five for the first time this season. MSU lost 72-68 to Indiana, who remain the top ranked team in American for the fourth week in a row, and at Ohio State on Sunday 68-60. Leading scorer Keith Appling completely disappeared in the Spartans two losses, scoring only nine points on 14% shooting from the field.
Gonzaga moves up to the No. 2 spot for their highest ranking in school history. The Bulldogs are 27-2 and have won 10 in a row and 17 of 18, with their only loss coming at Butler 64-63.
ACC members Duke and Miami round out the top five, coming in at three and five respectively. Kansas and Georgetown are sixth and seventh, while Florida drops to No. 8 after losing to Missouri earlier in the week. Louisville remains ranked No 10.
Ohio State (16) and Wisconsin (17) are the only other Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25.