Michigan basketball easily has the nation’s most impressive resume after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament over the weekend. The previously-unranked Wolverines beat Iowa State, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 8 Gonzaga in a challenging three-day tournament.
The pollsters were certainly wrong about Michigan hoops heading into the season. But the AP Top 25 has since made up for its lack of respect for the Wolverines.
Michigan jumped from unranked to No. 4 in the latest edition of the AP Top 25. Turns out, that’s the largest jump in the AP Poll since the poll’s inception 70 years ago.
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) December 2, 2019
That’s certainly impressive and well-deserved for the Wolverines. Michigan’s non-conference schedule has been brutal, but it’s taken care of business so far.
The Wolverines are 7-0 with two wins over top 10 teams. It won’t get any easier moving forward. Michigan has a massive contest against the No. 1 ranked team in the country – the Louisville Cardinals – on Tuesday night. The Wolverines then face Iowa and Illinois before facing No. 13 Oregon in Ann Arbor.
If Michigan can withstand those tough contest and come away victorious, there’s no question the Wolverines deserve the top ranking in the AP Top 25. Rookie head coach Juwan Howard has had a tremendous start with Michigan.