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After all of the results were in late Thursday, and every number had been crunched, only one college basketball team went to sleep with an offensive efficiency rating and a defensive efficiency rating that both rank in the top six nationally.

It wasn’t Gonzaga. It wasn’t Baylor.

It was Juwan Howard’s Michigan Wolverines.

“[This game] was a battle,” Michigan freshman Hunter Dickinson said Thursday after he and his teammates extended their winning streak to six contests with a victory over Iowa.

And it was a battle, I guess. But if it was a battle, it was a battle that Michigan ultimately won easily thanks in part to Dickinson’s 14 points and eight rebounds. The final score was 79-57. That’s a blowout any way you slice it. So the Wolverines are now 17-1 overall, 12-1 in the Big Ten. They have a three-game lead in the loss column of the league standings despite the fact that they play in a conference that has at least two other schools (Ohio State, Illinois) competing for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

It’s a remarkable story.

Michigan lost one of the sport’s greatest coaches, John Beilein, to the NBA in May 2019, replaced him with a first-time head coach, and continued to operate at the highest level of the sport without interruption. Not only does Howard have a team likely to receive a No. 1 seed next month, but he’s about to also enroll a recruiting class that currently ranks No. 1 nationally, according to 247Sports. So it’s reasonable to believe the Wolverines will continue to be a factor on the national level for the foreseeable future thanks to the incredible job Howard is doing.

Michigan remains No. 3 in Friday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. And Iowa remains No. 10 despite the loss to Michigan simply because I do not believe anybody below the Hawkeyes deserve to be above them right now. Same goes for Ohio State, by the way. The Buckeyes lost a close game Thursday night at Michigan State, I know. But they still lead the nation in Quadrant 1 wins and still have the fourth-best body of work, in my opinion.

Friday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

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Gonzaga

Gonzaga’s perfect record includes double-digit victories over Virginia, Iowa and Kansas. The Zags have won their 14 WCC games by an average of 24.6 points. 23-0

2


Baylor

Baylor’s perfect record is highlighted by victories over Texas, Illinois, Texas Tech and Kansas. The Bears have won 15 of their 18 games by double-digits. 18-0

3


Michigan

Michigan is 11-1 in the first two quadrants with double-digit wins over Iowa, Wisconsin and Purdue. The Wolverines’ lone loss came at Minnesota.

17-1

4


Ohio St.

Ohio State dropped to 12-6 in the first two quadrants after Thursday’s loss at Michigan State. The Buckeyes lead the nation with nine Quadrant 1 wins. 18-6

5


Illinois

llinois is 11-6 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. Five of the Illini’s six losses are Quadrant 1 defeats.

17-6

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W. Virginia

West Virginia is 11-6 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. The Mountaineers are 5-1 in their past six games with wins over Texas, Kansas and Texas Tech. 16-6

7


Alabama

Alabama dropped to 12-5 in the first two quadrants after Wednesday’s loss at Arkansas. The Crimson Tide has one additional loss in Quadrant 3.

18-6

8


Villanova

Villanova is 6-3 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. The Wildcats are 4-1 in their past five games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Creighton. 15-3

9


Florida St.

Florida State is 8-2 in the first two quadrants with one additional loss falling in Quadrant 3. The Seminoles are 9-1 in their past 10 games with victories over Virginia and Louisville.

14-3

10


Iowa

Iowa dropped to 11-7 in the first two quadrants after Thursday’s loss at Michigan. Six of the Hawkeyes’ seven defeats are Quadrant 1 defeats. 17-7

11


Texas

Texas is 7-6 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. All six of the Longhorns’ losses are Quadrant 1 defeats. 14-6

12


Houston

Houston is 6-2 in the first two quadrants with one additional loss falling in Quadrant 3. The Cougars are 4-1 in their past five games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Wichita State.

19-3

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Arkansas

Arkansas is 9-5 in the first two quadrants with only one loss outside of Quadrant 1. The Razorbacks are 8-1 in their past nine games with wins over Alabama and Missouri.

1 18-5

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Creighton

Creighton is 10-2 in the first two quadrants with three additional losses falling in Quadrant 3. The Bluejays are 7-1 in their past eight games with wins over Villanova and Seton Hall.

1 17-5

15


USC

USC dropped to 7-5 in the first two quadrants after Thursday’s loss at Colorado. The Trojans are 1-2 in their past three games. 2 19-5

16


Wisconsin

Wisconsin is 9-8 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. The Badgers’ resume is highlighted by victories over Loyola Chicago, Rutgers and Maryland.

16-8

17


Loyola Chi.

Loyola Chicago is 5-4 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. The Ramblers are 12-1 in their past 13 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Drake.

19-4

18


Virginia

Virginia dropped to 8-4 in the first two quadrants after Wednesday’s loss to NC State. The Cavaliers have two additional losses in Quadrant 3.

15-6

19


Kansas

Kansas dropped to 8-8 in the first two quadrants after Tuesday’s loss at Texas. All eight of the Jayhawks’ losses are Quadrant 1 defeats. 17-8

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma suffered its first Quadrant 3 loss of the season Tuesday at Kansas State. The Sooners are 3-2 in their past five games with two of those wins coming against Iowa State. 14-6

21


Va. Tech

Virginia Tech dropped to 6-5 in the first two quadrants after Tuesday’s loss at Georgia Tech. The Hokies are 1-2 in their past three games with the lone win in that stretch coming at Miami. 14-5

22


Tennessee

Tennessee is 6-6 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. The Vols are 6-3 in their past nine games with wins over Kansas and Kentucky.

16-6

23


Purdue

Purdue is 10-7 in the first two quadrants with one additional loss falling in Quadrant 3. The Boilermakers will take a two-game winning streak into Friday’s game at Penn State.

15-8

24


Oklahoma St.

Oklahoma State is 7-5 in the first two quadrants with one additional loss falling in Quadrant 3. The Cowboys will take a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s game at Oklahoma. 15-6

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BYU

BYU is 7-5 in the first two quadrants with zero additional losses. The Cougars will take a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s game with Saint Mary’s. 18-5

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Missouri

Missouri dropped to 8-7 in the first two quadrants after Tuesday’s loss to Ole Miss. The Tigers are 1-4 in their past five games with three losses in that stretch to unranked teams. 14-7