Michigan ranked seventh in AP Preseason Top 25

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan 117, Concordia 44-11Michigan is ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25.

The Wolverines spent the entirety of last season ranked in the top ten spots of the Associated Press poll before finishing the season with a loss to Louisville in the National Championship game.

Michigan returns last year’s freshmen stars Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas but will also have to lean on highly touted freshmen Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin to help replace Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Wolverines are one of four Big Ten teams in the preseason top 25 and the second highest rated conference school. Michigan State is ranked highest among league teams at No. 2 while Ohio State (11) and Wisconsin (20) are also ranked. Michigan will also face No. 4 Duke, No. 6 Arizona and could face No. 14 VCU in the non-conference season.

Michigan was ranked 9th in the USAToday Preseason Coaches Poll released earlier this month.

Find the full Associated Press Preseason Top 25 after the jump. 

1. Kentucky (27)          21-12 1,546   _

2. Michigan St. (22)      27-9  1,543   9

3. Louisville (14)        35-5  1,501   2

4. Duke (2)               30-6  1,435   6

5. Kansas                 31-6  1,357   3

6. Arizona                27-8  1,311  21

7. Michigan               31-8  1,120  11

8. Oklahoma St.           24-9  1,093  17

8. Syracuse               30-10 1,093  16

10. Florida                29-8  1,048  14

11. Ohio St.               29-8  1,036   7

12. North Carolina         25-11   954   _

13. Memphis                31-5    741  19

14. VCU                    27-9    680   _

15. Gonzaga                32-3    538   1

16. Wichita St.            30-9    512   _

17. Marquette              26-9    510  15

18. UConn                  20-10   448   _

19. Oregon                 28-9    408  25

20. Wisconsin              23-12   338  18

21. Notre Dame             25-10   332  23

22. UCLA                   25-10   244  24

23. New Mexico             29-6    213  10

24. Virginia               23-12   189   _

25. Baylor                 23-14   180   _

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise St. 22, Villanova 14, Arizona St. 11, Georgetown 11, UNLV 8, Washington 8, LSU 6, Pittsburgh 6, Stanford 6, Boston College 5, La Salle 4, Missouri 3, Saint Louis 3, St. John’s 3, Cincinnati 1.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    I think that ranking is justified…im confident our young team will get better and better as the season prolongues…as long as our core is healthy – we will be dangerous in March once again…Beilein with more depth should be fun

  • Logan

    I still think MSU is a little too high. I’d probably drop them to #6 and slide everyone else up one. I know everyone expects Payne to blow up this year, but at this point (his senior season) I believe he is what he is. That being a freakishly athletic big that spends the majority of his time on the perimeter. Harris is a stud but I’m still not a huge believer in Appling and then the rest of their roster is filled with role players. I have no issue with them being the preseason favorite in the Big Ten, though I do think Michigan’s ceiling is higher, but #2 in the country seems like a stretch. Then again, preseason rankings mean nothing and I’m probably overreacting.

  • CraigP

    Michigan has been ranked in the AP Top 25 every single week since the Preseason AP poll for the 2011-2012 season which was released in the Fall of 2011. Nice run. Only 5 other teams can say the same: Ohio State, Duke, Syracuse, Florida and Kansas. Pretty good company. Also pretty cool that we beat 3 of these teams in a row on our way to the NCAA final.

  • guestavoe

    Dawsen and Appling on 3rd teams but no Stauskas lol