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Posted on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 12:57 p.m.

Another split week sees Michigan basketball fall three spots in AP poll, now No. 23

By Nick Baumgardner

Two weeks ago, an up-and-down stretch by the Michigan basketball team yielded no harm from the national pollsters.

But after another 1-1 week, the Wolverines took a bit of a slide.

After grabbing a road win at Purdue and suffering a 15-point loss at Ohio State, Michigan fell three spots in The Associated Press' latest Top 25 poll, and is sitting at No. 23.

The Wolverines (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten) remain at No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.


Michigan is ranked No. 23 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.

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The win at Purdue on Tuesday marked the first road victory of the season for Michigan, but the road loss at Ohio State marked a sixth in a row against the Buckeyes, and dropped Michigan from a first-place tie into a third-place tie in the Big Ten.

Ohio State (19-3, 7-2), meanwhile, moved up to No. 3 in this week's AP poll, maintaining its status as the Big Ten's highest-ranked club.

Additionally, the Wolverines and Buckeyes remain the only two Big Ten teams to have received a ranking inside the AP's Top 25 for every week this season.

Michigan State (17-4, 6-2) was also a top 10 team this week, coming it at No. 9, while Wisconsin (17-5, 6-3) sits at No. 19 and Indiana (17-5, 4-5) is rated No. 20.

The Wolverines, who are 2-4 against current members of the AP Top 25, get a pair of ranked opponents this week. Indiana comes to Ann Arbor on Wednesday (6:30 p.m., BTN), while Michigan visits Michigan State (1 p.m., CBS) on Sunday.

Kentucky (21-1) held onto the nation's top spot, while Syracuse (22-1) moved up to No. 2. After Ohio State, Missouri, North Carolina, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Murray State rounded out the AP's top 10.

In the coaches poll, Kentucky, Syracuse, Ohio State, Missouri and Duke made up the top five. Baylor, North Carolina, Kansas, Murray State and Michigan State rounded out the top 10.

Ex-Michigan coach Tommy Amaker saw his Harvard (18-2) squad remain in the coaches poll at No. 23, while ex-Michigan boss Steve Fisher has San Diego State at No. 17 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.

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Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

Maizenbluedoc, the name you are looking for is Mitch McGary!


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 4:32 a.m.

As of now, this team is not that good. All of them regressed from last year, Stu, Novak, Morgan, Smotrycz and even Hardaway. This team cannot rely on Burke to score for them, last year Morris did not really score but he guided the team. Time to step up and beat Indiana at home and MSU on the road, if not, then that is the tailspin.

Wally the Wolverine

Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 10:13 p.m.

I'm confident we'll dump Indiana rather easily, however, the realist tells me the MSU game could get as ugly as the OSU game. I hope I'm wrong.


Mon, Jan 30, 2012 : 6:38 p.m.

The drop in the rankings is not surprising. Michigan does not have the talent to be great. In fact, I think they have been lucky to win some of the games this year. They are just too inconsistent, particularly on the road to make the grade. I still contend, as I have all year, if they don't get a good wide-body who can play both offense and defense, they aren't going to win the big ones and contend for the BT title.