Michigan's No. 1: Wolverines move up to top spot in AP poll, No. 2 in coaches poll
Michigan's No. 1.
For the first time in 21 years, the Michigan basketball program earned a No. 1 national ranking Monday when The Associated Press released its new Top 25 poll.
The Wolverines, who improved to school-record 19-1 with a win over Illinois on Sunday, received 51 first-place votes from AP voters to move into the top spot for the first time since 1992.
Following the win over Illinois, Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke told reporters he believed his team should be No. 1.
Apparently, he was right.
"I don't think that was our goal, obviously we want to be No. 1," Burke said. "If we're not, so be it, but I think (we are No. 1 team in the country)."
Michigan was followed in the AP top five by Kansas, Indiana, Florida and Duke. Kansas received 13 first-place votes, while Florida took home one.
The last time Michigan was No. 1 in a national poll, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson were beginning their sophomore season as members of the famed 'Fab Five.'
That club began the 1992-93 campaign No. 1 overall, but lost its ranking with a loss in the second game of the season.
Michigan jumped up one spot in the USA Today coaches poll, too -- but not to No. 1.
The coaches voted Kansas No. 1, by just three points, this week -- putting Michigan at No. 2. The Wolverines got 14 first-place votes for 757 points. Kansas got 16 first-place votes for 760 points.
The remainder of this week's AP top 10 featured No. 6 Syracuse, No. 7 Gonzaga, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 Butler and No. 10 Oregon.
Ohio State came in at No. 11 in the poll, while Michigan State stayed at No. 13. Minnesota was the only other Big Ten team ranked in the AP Top 25 this week, coming in at No. 23.
Michigan will play its first game as a No. 1 team Wednesday when it plays host to Northwestern. From there, the Wolverines will visit No. 3 Indiana on Saturday.
The entire AP Top 25:
1. Michigan (51), 19-1
2. Kansas (13), 18-1
3. Indiana, 18-2
4. Florida (1), 16-2
5. Duke, 17-2
6. Syracuse, 18-2
7. Gonzaga, 19-2
8. Arizona, 17-2
9. Butler, 17-3
10. Oregon, 18-2
11. Ohio State, 15-4
12. Louisville, 16-4
13. Michigan State, 17-4
14. Miami, 15-3
15. Wichita St., 19-2
16. Mississippi, 17-2
17. Missouri, 15-4
18. Kansas State, 15-4
19. North Carolina State, 16-4
20. New Mexico, 17-3
21. Creighton, 18-3
22. San Diego State, 16-4
23. Minnesota, 15-5
24. Cincinnati, 16-4
25. Marquette, 14-4
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