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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 1:27 p.m.

Michigan basketball falls to No. 20 in latest AP hoops poll

By Nick Baumgardner

After dropping its first true road test of the season Tuesday, the Michigan basketball team took a dip in the most recent national rankings.

The Wolverines (6-2) fell to No. 20 in The Associated Press top 25 poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, which were released today.

They were No. 14 in last week's AP poll and No. 15 in the coaches poll.


Michigan John Beilein watches from the bench during the final minutes of Michigan's 76-66 win against Iowa State at Crisler Arena on Saturday.

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Michigan lost at unranked Virginia, 70-58, on Tuesday before rebounding with a 76-66 home win against Iowa State on Saturday.

Kentucky held onto the top spot in the AP poll, getting 47 first-place votes. Ohio State (8-0) was No. 2, receiving 18 first-place votes.

Syracuse, North Carolina and Louisville rounded out the top five. Baylor, Duke, Xavier, Connecticut and Missouri capped off the top ten.

Outside of Ohio State and Michigan, the Big Ten placed Wisconsin (6-2) at No. 14 and Illinois (8-0) at No. 24 in this week's poll.

Michigan State, Purdue and Indiana were listed among other teams receiving votes this week.

Michigan returns to the floor Saturday when it takes on Oakland (4 p.m., FSD) at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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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Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

I see that the censors failed to bring their sense of humor to work today. GN&GL

David Vande Bunte

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 7:07 p.m.

Regular season polls don't matter. The only thing that Michigan needs to worry about is winning games and returning to the Dance.