ESPN Basketball Power Rankings (Michigan #1) & New AP Poll (Michigan #2) [Coaches #3]

Submitted by Indonacious on January 21st, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Michigan checks in at #1 and #2 behind duke in the AP poll

Top of the rankings...

1 Michigan
2 Kansas
3 Syracuse
4 Duke
5 Florida/Louisville
7 Indiana
8 Arizona

Other Big10 teams...

11 Msu
12 Minnesota
16 Osu

Past Notable Opponents...

14 Ksu
18 NC State…

Mod edit: Added the Coaches Poll so this could all be one thread. JGB



January 21st, 2013 at 11:39 AM ^

It means that a group who isn't a shameless homer thinks that Michigan is #1.  AND that group has the bully pulpit.

Mostly, it means that you should enjoy it.  You know, during that time when you are bummed about life today, you can sit back, smile, and think, "Michigan is #1 in ESPN's Power Rankings!"



January 21st, 2013 at 11:39 AM ^

  • Seven ESPN voters listed Michigan at #1
  • Stephen Bardo was one of two voters to list Michigan lower than fourth -- he has Michigan in the 5 spot
  • The other?  Rece Davis has Michigan at #6  (c'mon Rece!)


Obviously this doesn't mean anything since it's not official but it's still nice to see 7/18 ESPN basketball folks voting Michigan #1.

oriental andrew

January 21st, 2013 at 1:21 PM ^

I'm not even mad at that.  Bilas probably bases his rankings on his power index thing, so that's fair.  Also, depending on who you talk to, the top 5 teams or so (Michigan, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, 'Cuse) are all pretty much interchangeable at this point. 


January 21st, 2013 at 11:56 AM ^ uses an algorithm to calculate these, but I thought the board might  be interested in their comparison of Division I and conference power rankings across 13 different power metrics. They agree with the #1, both overall and in conference. Actually, I dare say that I like the conference column quite a bit. 

Rating Value Rank Conf Rank
Away Power Rtg 121.8  #7 #2
Home Power Rtg 124.2  #3 #1
Conf Power Rtg 122.5  #6 #1
Non-Conf Power Rtg 125.2  #2 #1
Wins Power Rtg 128.9  #1 #1
Predictive Power Rtg 118.2  #2 #1
Overall Power Rtg 123.5  #1 #1
Last 10 Gms Power Rtg 122.3  #3 #1
Home Adv Power Rtg 2.4  #187 #7
SOS Power Rtg 106.2  #4 #2
Neutral Power Rtg 128.3  #3 #1
Overall RPI Rtg 0.7  #5 #1
SOS RPI Rtg 0.6  #14 #4



January 21st, 2013 at 12:20 PM ^

I think you could probably order the top 5-7 in any combination and have legitimate reasons for doing so (except Florida maybe). There's a legitimate reason to any one of those 7 teams be #1 right now.

1. Michigan
1. Kansas
1. Syracuse
1. Duke
1. Florida
1. Louisville
1. Indiana
8. Arizona
9. Butler

Darth Wolverine

January 21st, 2013 at 12:20 PM ^

While it's nice to be recognized and would be nice to be number one in the actual polls that matter, we need not concern ourselves with being number one during the season. The only number that matters right now is the "W" column and then after that, the only number that is important is the tournament seed. We gotta earn either a 1 or 2 and if that happens, I think we will go to the Final Four.


January 21st, 2013 at 12:47 PM ^

Since polls are by and large a reflection of your record/performances...I think it's safe to say that they matter. Obviously the last one of the year matters the most, but I don't think it's an entirely worthless exercise to talk about michigan and how they are perceived through the polls at the moment. If you don't care about them..then you don't really have to comment in a  thread about them.


January 22nd, 2013 at 9:28 AM ^

Reading comprehension fail, sir.  Are polls entertaining and even in a way gratifying?  Yes, they can be.  I am curious to see what the perception of Michigan's program is.  Do they matter when the NC is crowned following a 68 team tourrnament format?  Not one bit. 


January 21st, 2013 at 1:50 PM ^

This week, the AP love is broken down courtesy of Pollspeak as usual and the results are a substantial turnaround from last week - we managed eleven 1st place votes this week, as well thirty 2nd place votes. Thirteen folks voted Michigan at 3rd, nine opted for 4th place, and the remaining two voters apparently didn't turn in ballots from from what I can see. 

SF Wolverine

January 21st, 2013 at 1:32 PM ^

5-6 teams with a credible argument to be #1 right now, and we are closer to the top of that group than the bottom.  Take care of business this week and maybe Duke gets tripped up @ Miami.

Wolverine Devotee

January 21st, 2013 at 1:37 PM ^

I thought Michigan was going to be #1 in the poll but the duke nuthuggers prevail. At least Michigan is a step closer to #1. 

Also the Women's team moved up to #23 and is facing #8 penn state tonight at 6:30 on BTN in a battle for first place in the B1G.

Combined Michigan basketball (Men's and Women's rec): 32-3. Amazing.