Both Michigan and Michigan State have experienced their ups and downs of late. They're both falling in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, which has Syracuse still up on top with an unblemished 19-0 record and all of the 31 first-place votes. Kentucky occupies the No. 2 spot with a lone loss to Indiana, while Baylor moves into the top three with a 17-0 record, up from No. 4. The top five is rounded out with Duke and Missouri, with Ohio State and North Carolina both falling out, sitting at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively.
Michigan State had a ton of momentum, with a 15-game winning streak that included wins over Wisconsin, Gonzaga and Indiana, but fell in their last outing on Jan. 14 to the Northwestern Wildcats. This was enough to halt their progress up the list, failing to crack into the top five and threatening to fall outside of the top ten at No. 9.
Michigan has fallen much farther though, going from No. 13 all the way back down to No. 19 after losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes. They had lost to Indiana back on Jan. 5, but followed that up with wins against Winconsin and Northwestern. Still, the loss to the un-ranked Iowa really set them back.
They'll both have a chance to further themselves up the list as they take play each other on Tuesday.
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