Red-hot Michigan cracks final hoops poll at No. 23

Detroit News staff and wires

Michigan’s run to the Big Ten tournament championship has carried the Wolverines into the Top 25.

The Wolverines (24-11) cracked the final Associated Press college basketball poll of the season Monday, checking in at No. 23.

Michigan has won seven of eight, including four in as many days to win the Big Ten tournament, capped by Sunday’s 71-56 victory over Wisconsin. Michigan opens the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed in the Midwest, where it will face No. 10 seed Oklahoma State at 12:15 p.m. Friday in Indianapolis.

Villanova, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is No. 1 in the final poll.

The Wildcats (31-3) were a runaway choice, receiving 59 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel.

Gonzaga (32-1), which received the other six first-place votes, and Kansas, two No. 1 seeds for the tournament, were second and third, but the poll and the selection committee disagreed on the fourth No. 1.

Arizona was fourth in the poll, while North Carolina, the fourth No. 1 seed, was ranked fifth.

Kentucky was sixth, followed by Duke, UCLA, Oregon and Louisville.

Associated Press Top 25

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Villanova (59)

31-3

1619

2

2. Gonzaga (6)

32-1

1520

4

3. Kansas

28-4

1478

1

4. Arizona

30-4

1427

7

5. North Carolina

27-7

1278

6

6. Kentucky

29-5

1275

8

7. Duke

27-8

1250

14

8. UCLA

29-4

1207

3

9. Oregon

29-5

1194

5

10. Louisville

24-8

981

10

11. SMU

30-4

951

12

12. Baylor

25-7

877

9

13. West Virginia

26-8

842

11

14. Notre Dame

25-9

682

22

15. Purdue

25-7

652

13

16. Florida State

25-8

568

16

17. Iowa State

23-10

560

23

18. Cincinnati

29-5

520

15

19. Wichita State

30-4

436

20

20. Florida

24-8

388

17

21. Butler

23-8

359

18

22. Saint Mary’s

28-4

304

19

23. Michigan

24-11

252

24. Virginia

22-10

238

21

25. Wisconsin

25-9

151

24

Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 35, Minnesota 20, Rhode Island 13, Creighton 10, Iowa 8, Oklahoma State 8, Nevada 5, Princeton 5, Vermont 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, Arkansas 1, Northwestern 1, VCU 1.