Wolverines Come in at No. 15 in the Both the AP and Coaches' Polls
MGOBLUE John Beilein has helped his team to the first preseason ranking in 12 years.
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

Complete Polls

Associated Press
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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