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Posted on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

Michigan basketball team has its highest ranking since 1997-98

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team has its highest national ranking in 14 years.

With victories against Penn State and Minnesota this week, Michigan (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) moved up two spots to No. 16 in The Associated Press Poll and three spots to No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

The No. 13 ranking in the coaches poll is the highest Michigan has been in either poll since finishing the 1997-98 season at No. 12 in the AP poll.


The Michigan basketball team is ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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Once again, the Big Ten as a whole was is well-represented in both major polls, putting five teams inside the top 20.

Ohio State (13-2, 1-1 Big Ten) dropped four spots to No. 6 in the AP poll, and five spots to No. 7 in the coaches poll following a road loss Saturday at Indiana.

Michigan State (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten), which knocked off Indiana and Nebraska, moved up to No. 10 in the AP poll and No. 11 in the coaches poll, while the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) moved up to No. 12 in both polls.

Wisconsin (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) — which beat Nebraska and fell at home against Iowa — is the fifth ranked Big Ten team this week, sitting at No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the coaches poll.

Unbeaten Syracuse (15-0) remains the country's top team in both polls, while Kentucky sits as a unanimous No. 2.

The remainder of the AP's top five is No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Baylor and No. 5 Duke. Ohio State, Missouri, Connecticut, Georgetown and Michigan State round out the top ten.

In the coaches poll, its No. 3 Duke, No. 4 North Carolina and No. 5 Baylor. Followed by Missouri, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown and Louisville.

Michigan, off to the first 2-0 Big Ten start of John Beilein's tenure, will get a pair of top 25 tests this week — traveling to Indiana on Thursday (9 p.m., ESPN2) before hosting Wisconsin on Sunday (1:30 p.m., CBS).

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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