Numbers: Michigan will likely move up to No. 2 come Monday, UM hits 22-0 under Beilein when it scores 80
NEW YORK -- Michigan is already off to its best start since its national title season of 1988-89.
And come Monday, it'll likely reach another milestone with some national significance.
With top-ranked Indiana suffering its first loss of the season Saturday against Butler, the country will have a new No. 1 team Monday when The Associated Press Top 25 poll comes out -- and it'll likely be unbeaten Duke.
Meaning, 11-0 Michigan will almost certainly jump up to the No. 2 spot -- grabbing the distinction of the Big Ten's highest-rated team for the first time this season, and achieving its highest national ranking since January of 1993.
The 1992-93 Wolverines -- the Fab Five's sophomore campaign -- were the last Michigan team to be ranked No. 1 overall, entering the season as the preseason's top-rated club. Michigan finished 31-5 that season, though all its wins have since been vacated due to NCAA sanction, falling no further than No. 7 in the national polls throughout the year.
This year's Michigan team began the year ranked No. 5, and has spent the past three weeks ranked at No. 3 nationally.
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Michigan, under coach John Beilein, is now 22-0 when it hits 80 points in a game. The Wolverines have scored at least 80 points five times already this season,
Trey Burke's 12 made field goals Saturday set a new career-high. He finished with a season-high 27 points. His previous mark of 11 came during his career-best 30-point showing against Minnesota last March in the Big Ten Tournament.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas finished with a season-worst 6 turnovers Saturday. He tallied just one assist. Stauskas did manage to score 10 points, though, hitting double figures for the 10th straight game.
Trey Burke leads the Big Ten in assists with 77 through 11 games. Burke has 32 more assists than the next closest player, Ohio State's Shannon Scott. Scott, oddly enough, is the point guard the Buckeyes opted to recruit over Burke prior to last season.
There are only 7 remaining teams currently ranked in the Top 25 that are currently undefeated. Michigan's one of them. The other six are: No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 8 Arizona, No. 10 Illinois, No. 11 Cincinnati and No. 17 New Mexico.
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