Big Wins Help Wolverines Back Into National Rankings
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After a pair of victories against top 25 programs, the University of Michigan men's basketball team has been voted into the national polls for the first time in eight years. The Maize and Blue have earned national rankings of No. 21 from the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The last time the Wolverines were among the nation's top 25 was at the end of the 1997-98 season when the Wolverines were No. 12 in the final polls (March 10, 1998).

Michigan's 15-3 start is the best for the Wolverines since the beginning of the 1992-93 season (16-2). The Maize and Blue's 5-2 start in conference play, which puts them tied atop the Big Ten standings, is the best since 2002-03 (6-1). The 15 wins for the Maize and Blue already surpasses last year's total for wins (13) and the five conference wins eclipses last year's total of four. Earlier this week, Michigan won back-to-back games against ranked opponents for first time in 12 years. U-M defeated 11th-ranked Michigan State (72-67, Jan. 25) and 23rd-ranked Wisconsin (85-76, Jan. 28), a feat that has not been done since 1993-94.

The newly ranked Wolverines will continue their Big Ten regular season with a pair of road contests at Penn State, Wednesday (Feb. 1) followed by a road game at Iowa, Saturday (Feb. 4).

National Rankings (1/30/06)
(First-place votes in parentheses)

Associated Press

Rank, Team Record Points 1. Connecticut (65) 18-1 1,793 2. Duke (7) 19-1 1,727 3. Memphis 19-2 1,638 4. Villanova 15-2 1,548 5. Gonzaga 17-3 1,465 6. Illinois 19-2 1,414 7. Texas 17-3 1,355 8. Florida 18-2 1,287 9. Pittsburgh 17-1 1,284 10. George Washington 16-1 1,050 11. West Virginia 15-4 1,013 12. Michigan State 16-5 933 13. Tennessee 14-3 827 14. UCLA 17-4 797 15. Boston College 16-4 639 16. Washington 16-4 630 17. Georgetown 14-4 599 18. N.C. State 16-4 529 19. Oklahoma 13-4 471 20. Ohio State 14-3 464 21. MICHIGAN 15-3 440 22. Indiana 12-5 289 23. Iowa 16-5 288 24. LSU 14-5 269 25. Northern Iowa 19-3 184
    

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team Record Points 1. Connecticut (20) 18-1 758 2. Duke (10) 19-1 751 3. Memphis (1) 19-2 711 4. Villanova 15-2 657 5. Gonzaga 17-3 615 6. Illinois 19-2 610 7. Florida 18-2 582 8. Texas 17-3 577 9. Pittsburgh 17-1 559 10. George Washington 16-1 450 11. West Virginia 15-4 401 12. Michigan State 16-5 397 13. UCLA 17-4 345 14. Boston College 16-4 325 15. Washington 16-4 310 16. Tennessee 14-3 300 17. N.C. State 16-4 274 18. Oklahoma 13-4 267 19. Ohio State 14-3 245 20. MICHIGAN 15-3 177 21. Indiana 12-5 171 22. Georgetown 14-4 140 23. Maryland 14-5 91 24. Northern Iowa 19-3 57 25. Colorado 15-3 54

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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