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Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 4:43 p.m.

Michigan basketball moves up to No. 17 in AP and ESPN/USA Today polls

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team wasn't exactly polished in a win over Ferris State on Friday, but none of that mattered in the eyes of national pollsters.

The Wolverines (1-0) moved up one spot in both The Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN top 25 polls this week, sitting at No. 17 in both.

Michigan opened its 2011-12 regular season Friday with a 59-33 win over Ferris State, and is back in action at 8:30 p.m. Monday with a home contest against Towson.

The matchup with Towson is an extension of the 2011 Maui Invitational tournament, and is one of the event's "Maui on the Mainland" games.

The Wolverines are one of three Big Ten teams currently ranked in both polls. Ohio State leads the way at No. 3 in each, while Wisconsin is currently ranked No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 14 in the AP poll.

North Carolina retained the top spot in both polls, while Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut and Syracuse rounded out the top five in each.

Purdue and Michigan State were both listed as "others receiving votes" in both polls.

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