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Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 : 12:37 p.m.

Michigan basketball team ranked No. 18 in initial AP poll

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team will start the season as a consensus Top 25 club.

The Wolverines entered the first Associated Press Top 25 poll of the season at No. 18, a week after being pegged No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

Michigan is one of three ranked Big Ten teams, despite not being chosen by select media to finish in the league's top three.


John Beilein and the Michigan basketball team are ranked 18th in the first Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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Ohio State leads all Big Ten members at No. 3, while Wisconsin sits at No. 15.

Michigan State, which was pegged to finish third in the Big Ten on Thursday, received 128 points, but finished 11 points behind No. 25 Missouri. Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota were the remaining Big Ten teams finishing in the "others receiving votes" category.

North Carolina opens the season ranked No. 1, followed by Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut and Syracuse.

Duke, Vanderbilt, Florida, Louisville and Pittsburgh close out the top 10.

Michigan hosts its first exhibition game of the season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 against Wayne State.

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