John Beilein has helped his team to the first preseason ranking in 12 years.
Oct. 29, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the first time in 12 seasons, the University of Michigan men's basketball team is ranked in a preseason poll, coming in at No. 15 in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
The last time the Wolverines were ranked in the preseason Coaches' poll was prior to the start of the 1997-98 season when they were tabbed No. 20. The last AP preseason ranking for U-M came before the 1996-97* season when the Wolverines garnered a No. 9 ranking.
In addition to the two major polls, the Wolverines are also ranked in nine other preseason polls, with the top ranking coming in Lindy's Poll that puts Michigan in the top 10 with a ninth-place spot.
The Wolverines are coming off a 21-14 effort during the 2008-09 campaign, the 22nd 20-plus win season in program history. The Wolverines garnered their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and first in 10 years, advancing to the second round. During the season, Michigan defeated four top-25 teams, including two wins over top-five programs, and set U-M single-season records for free-throw percentage (75.7 percent), three-point field goals made (305) and three-point field goals attempted (912).
The Wolverines open the season with an exhibition contest against Wayne State on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The regular season will tip off when U-M hosts Northern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
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Michigan in Preseason Polls
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll -- No. 15
Associated Press Poll -- No. 15
Lindy's -- No. 9
Yahoo! Sports -- No. 14
Rivals.com -- No. 14
Fox Sports (online) -- No. 18
CBS Sports (online) -- No. 19
SLAM Magazine -- No. 20
Blue Ribbon Magazine -- No. 22
Athlon Sports -- No. 23
Sporting News -- No. 24
Rank, Team (Points) 1. Kansas (55) 2. Michigan State (5) 3. Texas (1) 4. Kentucky (3) 5. Villanova 6. North Carolina (1) 7. Purdue 8. West Virginia 9. Duke 10. Tennessee 11. Butler 12. Connecticut 13. California 14. Washington 15. Michigan 16. Ohio State 17. Oklahoma 18. Mississippi State 19. Louisville 20. Georgetown 21. Dayton 22. Georgia Tech 23. Illinois 24. Clemson 25. Minnesota
ESPN/USA Today Coaches |
Rank, Team (Points) 1. Kansas (27) 2. Michigan State (3) 3. Texas 4. North Carolina (1) 5. Kentucky 6. Villanova 7. Purdue 8. Duke 9. West Virginia 10. Butler 11. Tennessee 12. California 13. Washington 14. Connecticut 15. Michigan 16. Oklahoma 17. Ohio State 18. Minnesota 19. Mississippi State 20. Georgia Tech 21. Georgetown 22. Dayton 23. Louisville 24. Clemson 25. Syracuse
First place votes in parentheses
*Denotes NCAA Sanctions effect team
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