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Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 1:14 p.m.

Michigan basketball stays at No. 20 in AP poll, up to No. 18 in coaches poll

By Nick Baumgardner

The Michigan basketball team remains ranked in both major college basketball polls, and this week it has some serious company from the rest of the Big Ten.

After beating in-state foe Oakland on Saturday, Michigan found itself locked in at No. 20 for the second straight week in The Associated Press Top 25 poll while moving up one spot to No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.

The Wolverines are now one of six Big Ten teams ranked in both Top 25 polls.

The Big Ten also had mention this week from Ohio State (No. 2 AP, No. 2 coaches), Wisconsin (14/15), Indiana (18/20), Illinois (19/19) and Michigan State (21/23).

After knocking off No. 1 Kentucky on a last-second 3-pointer on Saturday, Indiana now finds itself in the Top 25 for the first time since 2008.

Michigan State, who has now won eight straight with a road win over Gonzaga on Saturday, is ranked for the first time this season.

Syracuse took over the top spot in the AP poll, followed by Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina. Baylor, Duke, Xavier, Connecticut and Missouri rounded out the top 10.

Ex-Michigan coach Tommy Amaker saw his current squad, Harvard, fall from the Top 25 after breaking through for the first time in school history a week ago.

Amaker's squad lost by 14 at Connecticut on Thursday.

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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