February 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Michigan leapfrogs Michigan State in college basketball polls

Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. keeps the ball away from Michigan State's Keith Appling in the first half Sunday at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)

Michigan owns two victories this season over rival Michigan State, which was reflected Monday in the latest college basketball polls.

Michigan (19-7, 11-3 Big Ten), fresh off Sunday’s 79-70 victory over Michigan State at Crisler Center, moved up four spots to No. 16 in the Associated Press and coaches polls — two spots ahead of Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) in each. Michigan State dropped from No. 13 in the AP poll, and No. 14 in the coaches poll.

Michigan State’s No. 18 ranking is its lowest of the season. The Spartans split their two games last week, beginning with Thursday’s 94-79 victory over Purdue, but have gone 4-5 since an 18-1 start.

Michigan, meanwhile, has split its last six games, including Sunday’s victory — its only game last week. Michigan owns a half-game lead over Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.

There are five Big Ten teams in this week’s polls, led by Wisconsin (22-5) at No. 14. Iowa (19-7) is No. 19 in the coaches poll, and at No. 20 in the AP poll, and Ohio State (22-6) is at No. 20 and at No. 22, respectively.

Florida (25-2) is the nation’s new No. 1 team in both polls, replacing Syracuse (25-2), which dropped a pair of games last week.

Associated Press Top 25

Record Pts Prv
1. Florida (47) 25-2 1,606 2
2. Wichita State (14) 29-0 1,549 3
3. Arizona (4) 25-2 1,494 4
4. Syracuse 25-2 1,410 1
5. Kansas 21-6 1,310 8
6. Duke 22-6 1,286 5
7. Louisville 23-4 1,152 11
8. Villanova 24-3 1,113 9
9. Creighton 23-4 1,103 11
10. Saint Louis 25-2 1,047 10
11. Cincinnati 24-4 921 7
12. Virginia 23-5 909 14
13. San Diego State 23-3 886 6
14. Wisconsin 22-5 818 16
15. Iowa State 21-5 709 17
16. Michigan 19-7 653 20
17. Kentucky 21-6 629 18
18. Michigan State 22-6 552 13
19. North Carolina 20-7 440
20. Iowa 19-7 418 15
21. Memphis 21-6 288 22
22. Ohio State 22-6 253 24
23. SMU 22-6 155
24. Texas 20-7 129 19
25. New Mexico 21-5 113

Others receiving votes: UConn 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, UMass 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, NC Central 1.

USA Today Top 25 poll

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (24) 25-2 791 2
2. Wichita State (8) 29-0 771 3
3. Arizona 25-2 727 4
4. Louisville 23-4 660 5
5. Syracuse 25-2 625 1
6. Kansas 21-6 619 8
7. Duke 22-6 594 6
8. Saint Louis 25-2 563 10
9. Villanova 24-3 538 11
10. Creighton 23-4 514 12
11. Virginia 23-5 480 13
12. Cincinnati 24-4 460 9
13. San Diego State 23-3 452 7
14. Wisconsin 22-5 358 18
15. Kentucky 21-6 343 16
16. Michigan 19-7 315 20
17. Iowa State 21-5 291 19
18. Michigan State 22-6 275 14
19. Iowa 19-7 229 15
20. Ohio State 22-6 166 23
21. North Carolina 20-7 153
22. Memphis 21-6 124 24
23. Texas 20-7 102 17
24. SMU 22-6 57
25. Oklahoma 20-7 52

Others receiving votes: UConn 47, New Mexico 45, UCLA 15, Kansas State 9, UMass 9, Stephen F. Austin 5, Pittsburgh 4, Gonzaga 3, Baylor 1, Middle Tennessee 1, Nebraska 1, Green Bay 1.