ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For the second Monday in a row, Michigan basketball is on top of the new NET rankings, which will be used to determine seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan jumped to No. 1 for the first time last Monday before dropping briefly as low as No. 3 behind Virginia and Duke. Through Sunday's games, the Wolverines are back on top.
Michigan has only played once in the last week, a Saturday victory over Western Michigan. John Beilein's team wasn't sharp in the win, needing a 10-0 run to take a two-point lead into halftime and winning by just eight points as a 24 1/2-point favorite.
But Michigan stayed unbeaten, improving to 11-0 on the season. It has won nine games by double digits with the exception of Saturday's game and a two-point win at Northwestern.
The other eight undefeated teams in college basketball are also ranked among the top 30 in the NET rankings: No. 2 Virginia, No. 4 Texas Tech, No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Nevada, No. 10 Houston, No. 12 Buffalo, No. 26 Furman and No. 27 St. John's.
Michigan's resume got a big boost from North Carolina, which knocked off then-No. 4 Gonzaga to jump to No. 11 in the NET rankings.
Michigan's other top opponents: No. 28 Villanova, No. 37 Purdue and No. 45 Northwestern.
Here are the full Big Ten ranks:
9. Michigan State
24. Ohio State
85. Penn State