Michigan breaks into AP Top 25 for first time in more than a decade; Kansas falls
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After winning its ninth consecutive game with a 54-43 against Wisconsin on Sunday, Michigan earned the No. 25 ranking in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll released on Monday. Michigan enters the AP poll for the first time since ranking No. 25 on Dec. 23, 2002.
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Michigan, under the direction of first-year head coach Kim Barnes Arico, is off to the best start in program history with a 14-2 record. With its win versus the Badgers, the Wolverines moved to 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time. The Maize and Blue's current nine-game winning streak is the second best in program history and the longest since Michigan reeled off 10 in a row during the 2001-02 season.
"It is great to get the recognition at the national level," Barnes Arico said. "Anytime you can get your school's name mentioned among the best teams in the country, it is a great thing. We are going to continue to do what we have done all year, which is take it one game at a time and focus on getting better every day."
Michigan has made 14 appearances in the national poll, with 10 coming during the 2001-02 season. The Wolverines' highest ranking came on Dec. 24, 2001, when the Wolverines were listed at No. 12.
The top 10 slots of the poll had little movement as Kentucky and Stanford switched places with the Wildcats sitting at No. 5 and the Cardinal at No. 6.
Oklahoma State and Dayton each moved up four spots to No. 17 and No. 18, respectively. Meanwhile, Florida State fell four spots to No. 22 while Kansas dropped six spots to No. 23.