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Michigan is #1 in the AP Basketball Poll for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
In reality it doesn't mean that much, but I think everyone would prefer to be #1 to the contrary. I'm sure the players are pretty happy about it, in a sense their hard work is paying off, and now they get to play with a massive target on their backs to prep them for March. Can't wait for this weeks games, Saturday is going to be nuts.
I think people are undervaluing what #1 means; just like in football, it can really, really help your ability to recruit top players into the program. Michigan has the coach, the facilities and the history to maintain a high level program for years. This is one of those symbolic things that you can sell to players, provided they stay up top!
Hell yeah! People can say it doesn't mean anything at this point all they want but it sure has me excited.
I agree, there are only positives that can come from being recognized as the top team in the nation. The negatives are primarily a result of the media, and people over-attribute any loss by the #1 team to just that, their #1 ranking. If we're able to win our two games this week, we will be number 1 next week as well. That would be great, because the week after the super bowl is when the media shifts their focus to CBB, and recruits would see us all over the major outlets.
Now beat NW and IU!!!
+1 forever on this post. So awesome.
Haven't been #1 since the year I was born. That way to long lol
Totally agree with this statement. Tournament success is a way bigger deal than being ranked #1, but rankings do matter regardless of what people say. People look at them, they appear in the national media, and they can do a lot to define games on the schedule. Just look at the way Michigan is being perceived this season. Obviously, Michigan was a good team coming into the year, but that preseason #5 ranking is what created much of the hype surrounding the early season games when no teams were proven. These high rankings matter and drastically increase the hype and excitement surrounding the team. Do you think a Michigan vs Purdue game gets on ESPN last season? Probably not, but when it's #2 Michigan vs Purdue, yeah, it gets on there. It's big for increasing attention on the team and program. Either way, excited about this Michigan team and their chances this year.
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