Michigan finally landed a spot in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll this week at #24. They also saw their AP ranking move up a spot to #23. This will be a huge week for Michigan with games against North Carolina Central, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Michigan will likely need to go 3-0 this week to not only stay in the top 25 but also get a good start for the conference season.
DeShawn Sims was awarded co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors, along with Trent Meachum, after his 20-20 performance last week against Florida Gulf Coast:
Michiganâ€™s DeShawn Sims earns his second weekly laurel after leading the Wolverines over Florida Gulf Coast, 76-59, while posting a historic 20 rebounds and 20 points to garner his fourth double-double of the season. Sims became the first Wolverine to post a 20-point, 20-rebound performance in 31 years. The last Wolverine to accomplish the feat was Phil Hubbard, who had 22 points and 26 rebounds vs. Detroit (March, 1977). Simsâ€™ 20 points gives him 11 straight games scoring in double figures this season, and marks his 37th career double-digit game and seventh 20-plus point game. En route to the career-best board mark, by halftime Sims had surpassed his previous high of 12, grabbing 13 total rebounds, including 10 on the defensive end, in the first half. Simsâ€™ 20 rebounds marked the first 20-plus rebounding performance since Graham Brown (2003-06) had 21 at Indiana (January, 2006). Along the way, Sims posted a new career best with 15 defensive rebounds. With his 20 rebounds, Sims posted the most rebounds by a Big Ten Conference player this season. The previous best in the conference was by teammate Manny Harris, who had 15 against Norfolk State.